I think it was OBM who, about a year ago, drew a comparison between our own Neftali Soto and vaunted Cubs top prospect Josh Vitters. Same age, same position, same line-drive RH bat, far different prospect ranking nationally.
So, how do things stand now? They're 20, and Soto has been in the FSL all year, Vitters just for his last 170 ABs (he had been in the Midwest League, doing what Soto did there last year, more or less).
.246/.283/.364/.647 (4-1 K/BB)
.230/.253/.345/.598 (5-1 K/BB)
It's clear that these two players are still producing at similar levels., but my guess is that the spin on their 2009 campaigns will be very different.
The FSL is a tough hitters league so maybe there's no real cause for concern re: Soto. I figure the Reds will have their high A team in the Carolina League next year, so it probably makes sense to have Soto repeat the level and have more success. Meanwhile, Vitters is being pushed onto an Arizona Fall League roster this fall.... Maybe they're buying into all the acclaim, deserved or not, that's come to Vitters ever since he was the #3 overall pick.