Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
I disagree when talking about a college player who was drafted, especially one drafted in the second-round. You should be doing more than "holding your own at AA" 2 years after being a second-round pick from the college ranks. LaMarre has struggled at every level. The link I included in my previous post is to his career numbers in the minors. When has he ever been good? When has he ever made you say "That was a good second-round pick"? In 2011, in 460 ABs, he posted an OPS of .720. I see a pattern. He also strikes out a heck of a lot, especially for someone with almost zero power.
There is a difference between being a good pick and being a bust. There is a rather large in between area. He falls in there for me. The game of baseball is changing and it seems a lot of people still aren't taking notice. If you play up the middle with good defense, you can go out and OPS .700 and have value. Why can't LaMarre be that kind of guy? To bring this thread full circle, who says he can't do what Cozart did, and be an iffy hitter with good defense at a premium position? If he can do that, and I don't see any real reason to suggest it isn't a possibility, then he isn't a bust or anything like it.
I don't know, the term bust gets tossed around too often. Devin Mesoraco was called a bust several years in a row. Fast forward another 18 months and he clearly wasn't. Bust doesn't mean "not living up to what I had hoped".