Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
If you're looking at Vidal, shouldn't you first look to a guy who didn't struggle in AA?
Bryson Smith played all three OF spots and by all reports is a guy who could do pretty well as a CFer at the major league level. This season, he went .310/ .358/ .429/ .787 overll and .307/ .333/ .425/ .758 in Pennsacola.
Smith has hit well since being drafted. In four stops along the Red pipeline, his overall numbers-- .322/ .383/ .466/ .849-- scream for more recognition. He's serverly underrated, IMO, among Red fans and completely ignored by experts, but I get a Chris Denorfia/ Brady Clark vibe from him. And that has some serious value this late in prospect rankings.
Simply put, I prefer guys who can put a charge into the ball over slap hitters who don't walk. Smith is the prototypical BA-driven player. If the hits aren't falling, he is useless at the plate. Vidal can make positive offensive contributions even if his batting average dips. I also like the fact that he is a year younger than Smith.
As far as AA production goes, I don't think 166 PAs of 'meh' production necessarily means anything. His numbers might not have dipped quite as bad as Vidal's did (691 OPS), but who is to say how he would have done if he had spent as much time at AA as Vidal.
Lastly, I will admit there was probably some bias in my thought process, since I view him to be well behind both Hamilton and Lamarre on the organizations CF depth chart.