RC wrote:That's the main reason he couldn't crack the line-up until injuries opened up a spot for him.RC
Uhh, the main reason he couldn't crack the lineup was because he drove his dirt bike off a cliff before the 2003 season and broke some ribs and his left shoulder blade. As a result, the Sox sent him to Charlotte to start the 2003 season.
Since getting promoted on June 10, 2003 after recovering from his injury, he's been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball. He led all American League center fielders last year with 24 home runs. His only deficiency was RBI's, which shouldn't be an issue with his move to the middle of the order.
His numbers have consistently improved each of the last three years. He's still young. Will he hit like he did last year? I don't know, but I don't understand the skepticism toward him.