Originally Posted by Edd Roush
Lamarre had some solid statistics coming out of UM his senior year, but that senior year was inflated by a ridiculous .463 BABIP. He never was a toolsy guy and his ceiling is as you list: a starter on some bad to decent teams in centerfield based upon his glove, but a fourth outfielder for a contending team. Certainly, a Ryan Lamarre won't cost you many games, but he is never going to be an all-star.
1. Lamarre was selected in the second round. He had to have some physical tools to merit such a high pick. He's clearly grades out as having 'plus' tools in defense and baserunning, has at least an average throwing tool, and was thought to have a chance of developing an average hit and power tool. Clearly, the best case scenario has not panned out and his hit tool has remained below average and his power tool is closer to 20 than 50. On the plus side, his plate discipline has enabled him to get on base at an above-average clip despite the below average hit tool.
2. I don't think you can say he is starter only on bad teams and a backup on good teams. In the right situation, his skills could be a boon for even a very good team. The 2010-2011 Yankees did just fine with Brett Gardner patrolling the OF, and he played a corner more often than CF.
3. I agree that Lamarre is highly unlikely to ever be an All-Star. But I disagree that all of the other guys listed have All-Star potential. Mesoraco is the only guy on that list I would say has a solid chance of developing into an All-Star.