Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
How is he close to a finished product and the others aren't, doug?
It's one year with some of them, two years with others, and dead even with more.
He's improved his slugging each of the past three full years, his BA has continued to climb, and he's going to end up fine at the hot corner.
From a projection standpoint, he is about topped out. His hit tool isn't going to get better (based on scouts OFP's). His power isn't going to get much better at all. His defense isn't going to get better.
Other guys are more raw and could develop into better hitters, develop power, hone in their defensive skills. Rodriguez, by scouting reports, probably doesn't have a whole lot of room to grow into his game.
His ISO at each stop is:
Low A: .166
High A: .157
Sure, his slugging has gone up, but only because his average has gone up. His power has actually gone down.
He can hit, but his power is entirely limited to the pull side from both sides of the plate. Up the middle and to the opposite field he is absolutely a slap hitter.