Originally Posted by Benihana
LaMarre strikes out less than Stubbs did but also walks less. And age does matter when a player has only been switch-hitting and concentrating exclusively on baseball for less than three years.
Put it this way, if the Reds put both players on the market or offered both up in a trade for major league help, I think there would be a sizeable gap in other team's reactions. As I said before, perceived trade value and prospect rankings have a pretty strong correlation in my eyes.
LaMarre is currently rocking a 13% walk rate in AA. That is in the Stubbs range. Granted we are talking 175 PA's too.
I guess I have to ask, where do you expect Hamiltons skills to improve with time? Significantly lowered strikeout rate? More power? And if so, how much more power?
I am sure other teams would be more interested in Hamilton. That doesn't mean that he will significantly outproduce LaMarre though. I prefer to try and figure out what a guy will produce at the MLB level and rank the guys that way.