Originally Posted by Stormy
Perhaps if Wily Mo Pena was heading towards 26 years of age, instead of 22 (and even the walk-challenged WMP is walking at nearly twice Utley's rate, with far superior power).
I can see where the Kent comparison is possibly a valid perception though. A guy who blossoms a little late, who takes a while to boost his OBP high enough to make his Slg% worthwhile. Utley could be a nice infield bat with pop, despite his currently excruciatingly low walk rates.
Bah! I forgot to look at the ages to compare. My fault on that one. I don't know if I would say that WMP has far superior power than Utley, WMP has 18 homers in 246 ABs, while Utley has 11 in 179 ABs. WMP's rate is higher, but it's not that dramatic of a difference (now admittedly, I haven't seen enough of Pena to know what he will project to be in the future - Utley should be a solid 30 hr guy, though). I was just trying to find an apt player on the Reds to compare Utley to, and the closest I found was WMP, especially given each player's aversion to the base on balls. I did forget to take the age into consideration, though. I should have just stuck w/the Jeff Kent comparison.