Originally Posted by Steve4192
I find it strange that people are dismissing Soto based on his age, given that many of the same people swoon over Donald Lutz, who happens to be three weeks older and a level lower than Soto.
I agree with the folks who are concerned about the drop in his production in 2012, but I can't get too worked up about his 2013 performance just yet. He's only played 12 games. A rough couple of weeks is nothing to worry about.
I also agree with the opinion that he doesn't have much trade value right now. The Reds are better off holding onto him and hoping he finds his 2011 stroke. If he is putting up a 850-900 OPS around the All-Star break, then they might be able to get something useful out of him. If not, they lose next to nothing, because that is what they would get in a trade for him right now.
I don't think that it's so much age as the fact that sotos skills have appeared to have plateaued, if are not declining, whereas lutz has been improving and still, as viewed by many, has room for more improvement.