Originally Posted by mdccclxix
BA has Lutz as the best power hitter in the minors for the Reds. Not getting the Soto over Lutz argument.
What's not to get?
Soto is the same age, has performed at higher levels in the minors, has a modicum of positional flexibility (in an emergency), and has a better statistical track record. Soto already had a monster season at AA under his belt when he was Lutz's age. Lutz was awful after he got called up to AA and is going to have to repeat that level as a 24 year old.
Just because Soto sucked last year doesn't mean his talent has evaporated. He had a similar season back in 2009 when he struggled in his first exposure to high A-ball. Two years later, he scorched AA for a 904 OPS as a 22 year old. Some guys take a year to get their bearings. I expect big things in 2013 out of Soto at Louisville.