Originally Posted by HokieRed
mth, I usually agree with you 95% of the time but I don't see the case for Smith over Waldrop. (Lamarre's another matter.) Smith last year posted a slightly higher OPS than Waldrop: .787 over his two levels to Waldrop's .767.
But his K/W ratio was not as good: about 3.5 to 1 as opposed to 2:1, and his ratio of extra base hits to total hits was significantly lower: 22% to about 30%. Also he is a full three years older than Waldrop. Yet if Smith starts this year at Pensacola and Waldrop at Bakersfield, as seems likely, he's only a half level above. This is not to mention Waldrop's very large improvement from 2011 to 2012 and his consistent, month by month, improvement within 2012.
Waldrop can't play center. Most believe he can't even play right. That is the biggest difference. The two guys are completely different players though, so it isn't exactly easy to compare them head to head.