Originally Posted by dougdirt
I really think people underestimate just how young he has been. Until 2012, he had never faced a pitcher that was younger than he was. This season, he has faced one pitcher all year younger than he is. In his career, he has all of 22 plate appearances against pitchers younger than him.
Jose Guillen is always my comp. Guillen was a full time player in the majors at 21 which would be the equivalent of Yorman manning left field for the reds next year. I don't think Yorman will get there, but I think he's a valid comp.
Now, Guillen had 6000 major league at bats which is a career anybody would be proud of, but.....
While he was in the majors he wasn't really any good till he was 27 years old.
While I don't believe in "winning player cardinal voodoo," in Guillen's 14 year career he sniffed the playoff's once.
It's unfair to characterize a young man as a head case, but the young Guillen sounded a LOT like the young Yorman.
Even as an established player, there were a lot of teams that couldn't wait to get rid of Jose Guillen.
For the most part Guillen's career can be summed up as the second or third best player on pretty terrible teams.
....It's my opinion and I've certainly been wrong before, but if Yorman has more than one productive season in the next six years I will be surprised and with his contract situation that's as much as the reds will get out of him.
The reds have done remarkable work keeping guys in the minors as long as they possibly could and then ending up creaming off the peak seasons of marginal talents... Yorman goes entirely against that grain of thought.
I know eyeball evaluations are prone to all kinds of bias, but Yorman just never managed to impress me. For the most part I've been able to "see" major league talent in Dayton. I just didn't see it with Yorman. Fwiw, I liked Duran better and I don't see much in him either.
It will not disappoint me at all if I'm wrong.