Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
I went top 25 to find enough actual bats to form a sample size. About half of the prospective hitters were used less than full-time as prospects once they first made a big league roster.
Cameron Maybin-- Two years of part-time play before becoming a full-time starter
Brandon Wood-- Never became a full-time starter
Andy LaRoche-- Never became a full-time starter
Fernando Martinez-- Never became a full-time starter
Reid Brignac-- Part-time player for a year, then full-time for a short time.
Travis Snider-- Part-time player his entire career
Matt LaPorta-- Part-time his first year, then struggles as a platoon-player
Jordan Schaffer-- Part-timer
Pedro Alvarez-- Part-timer for two years before becoming a full-timer last year
Lars Andersen-- Part-timer
Giancarlo Stanton-- Part-timer his first year, then full-timer and All-Star after that.
Dom Brown-- Part-timer his entire career
Logan Morrison-- Part-timer his first year
Ryan Westmoreland-- Part-timer
Brett Wallace-- Part-timer
Lonne Chisenhall--Part-timer his first two years
Dee Gordon-- Part-timer his first two years.
Before that, it's even more apparent. Prospects almost always earn their playing time.
Mike Stanton wasn't a part time player. He came up in the 59th game of the season for the Marlins. He played 100 games that year. Cameron Maybin was called up August 17th and then September 17th the next year. That isn't a part time player, that is a 40-man roster call up.
Some of those guys work, but some of them were never part time players. Sure, they played sparingly in September call ups, but that isn't the same thing at all.