Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.
Drew Stubbs is hitting just fine in a league that eats hitters up and most of whom go on to AA and hit much better than they did in Sarasota. It has been seen over and over again that when guys leave the FSL they generally hit much better at the next step.
I am intrigued by Chris Heisey. He was taken in the same draft as Stubbs (17th round), is the same age, and has freakishly similar numbers at every level. In fact, if anything Heisey has had slightLY more success as a hitter.
How does he field and what position does he project to play? Seeing as he and Stubbs are always playing together and Stubbs, of course is going to play CF, would Heisey be considered a CF candidate?
Last edited by BuckeyeRedleg; 05-29-2008 at 02:39 PM.
Heisey is looking like another possible Denorfia. Similar skill sets and both were late round picks.
I miss Adam Dunn.
And i think the comparison is too broad. Some guys just hit, some scuffle. Sometimes it's the league and sometimes it's the player. Valaika did fine in the FSL. Dominated in fact. Sometimes it's the sample size.
Suck it up cupcake.
But isn't it odd that his offensive performance is always excused by some external factor -- injury, the league. It's always something.
Reality -- guy is a good centerfield prospect who shows good on base skills but developing major league hitting ability is proving to be a challenge.
I suspect he needs to hit and hit now in order to have any kind of career.
I'm glad somebody else brought up Maloney. That way I didn't have to do it.
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