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    Re: Will Drew Stubbs be a bust?

    Quote Originally Posted by mbgrayson View Post
    First of all, where is this proven? I have seen a lot of college players struggle in their first year, and then do just fine. Secondly, I don't agree that Stubbs performance was "below average". Maybe "below expectations", but it was not that bad. See above.

    Current players and their 1st year pro numbers:
    1. Justin Morneau in 1999: .302 avg/.333 OBP/0 HRs: Repeated rookie ball again in 2000 and thrived.
    2. David Wright in 2001: .300 avg/.391 OBP/4 HRs. Only hit .266 in A ball the next year...
    3. Lastings Milledge in 2003: .231 avg/.323 OBP/0 HRs.
    4. Robinson Cano in 2001: .230 avg/.330 OBP/3 HRs.
    5. Ryan Howard in 2001 .272 avg/.384/6 HRs
    6. Jason Bay in 2000 .304 avg/.358 OBP/2 HRs
    7. Edwin Encarnacion 2000: .311 avg/.381 OBP/0 HRs
    8. Joey Votto 2002: .269 avg/.342 OBP/9 HRs
    9. Carlos Lee in 1994: .125 avg/.183 OBP/0 HRs
    10. Carlos Beltran in 1995: .278/.332/0 HRs
    11. Adam Dunn in 1998 .288/.404/4 HRs
    12. Barry Bonds in 1985 .299/.383/13
    13. Sammy Sosa in 1986 .275/.336/4
    14. Jim Thome in 1989 .237/.314/0
    15. Drew Stubbs 2006 .258./.374/8

    You get the point. You just can't always predict how a guy will do based on his first year in the pros. I know several of these guys did not play college ball. I agree that home run power often comes at a later age, and that few 18 year olds have pro power.

    Still, my point is that only time tells the quality of the player.
    You're setting up your own strawman there.

    The problem with all but four of the players you listed (Bay, Thome, Bonds, Stubbs) were either a high school player when drafted or was an undrafted free agent.

    And the four
    Bay - a 22nd rounder, skipped rookie ball.
    Bonds - Skipped Rookie ball - then Played half a year a A ball before going to AAA.
    Thome might as well be a high schooler, as he was a draft and follow who played one year of JC ball before signing. But yes, he did struggle at 19 in his first season at Rookie Ball.
    Stubbs - 1st rounder with a mediocre start in Rookie Ball.

    Which is the exact point I was making earlier and johngalt elaborated on.

    "Polished" college bats should be ripping the cover of the ball in rookie league if they get placed in that league at all if they want to have any future. Most are deemed above that level and can move on to higher competition.

    For immediate comparison, the only other college bat taken in the top ten, Evan Longoria, tore up Advanced A ball and leveled out at AA.

    Just to further hammer this home. Lets look back a few years just to let some history develop. These are the top College draftable bats of the year, taken in the 1st round of that year's draft.

    2002 Draft 1st Round College Bats
    Drew Meyer - Skipped Rookie Ball - Started off in Low A where he OPS'd 593 - and he's been awful ever since. A career AAAA player.
    Khalil Greene - Skipped Rookie Ball - Put up an OPS of 893 in High A in his first year.
    Russ Adams - Skipped Rookie Ball - OPS'd 933 for Low A in his first year
    Nick Swisher - Skipped Rookie Ball - Started in Low A with an OPS of 888.

    2003 Draft 1st round College Bats
    Rickie Weeks - Played 1 game at Rookie ball before moving to Low A to OPS 1050
    Michael Aubrey - Skipped Rookie ball and went straight to Low A where he OPS'd 960.
    Aaron Hill - Skipped Rookie Ball and went straight to Low A where he OPS'd 938.
    Brian Anderson - Played 13 games at Rookie ball (and OPSing 1084 in 58PA) before moving on to High A and put up an OPS of 925.
    Brad Snyder - Skipped Rookie Ball and went straight to Low A where he put up an OPS of 860
    Conor Jackson - Skipped Rookie Ball where he moved onto High A and OPS'd 943

    2004 Draft 1st round College Bats
    Stephen Drew - Sat out a year, but when he came back, he skipped Rookie Ball and started at High A where he put up an OPS of 1224
    Josh Fields - Skipped Rookie Ball - Started off at High A where he put up an OPS of 778
    Landon Powell - Skipped Rookie Ball - Started off in Low A where he put up an OPS of 725
    Richard Robnett - Skipped Rookie Ball - Started in Low A where he put up an OPS of 841

    I don't think OPS is the end all be all of hitting stats, but it's a quick and dirty way to show batting eye & power.

    The only players on there who started off with a 1st season OPS under 800 (like Stubbs 768) was Drew Meyer, who pretty much can't hit at any level now going on four years. Landon Powell, who was a catcher and didn't start out on fire a full level above Stubbs, and Josh Fields, who didn't play baseball full time until he was drafted, but still put up the same numbers as Stubbs two full levels above him.

    The Rest, all put up better numbers, and they did it against better competition at a higher level.

    Do I really need to keep going? There are reams and reams of this out there that keeps constantly pointing at the same ending.

    If you don't hit in rookie ball as a college bat, your future is pretty bleak.
    Last edited by jmcclain19; 09-20-2006 at 04:14 AM.

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