stevethumb wrote:this is gonna come across like size bigotry but i saw pedroia in portland a lot and this guy is listed as 5'9" 180 lbs but he is closer to 5'7" 160..david eckstein body ...this guy is freddie patek w/o the SBs at best..he is slow w/no arm..i just don't see him holding a ML pos long enough to warrant serious support..you get to the bigs w/your bat and you stay there w/your glove..AAA ss will be a big test for him..last yr he hit .236 against RHers at aaa w/.356 OBP .382 slg pct.. not much
He was hurt last year at triple. He took a fastball off the wrist in one of first games there, then tried to play through the pain. That kind of injury (though not severe) inhabits your ability to swing the bat. Thus the struggle.
He plays plus defense, and has a good arm for a secondbaseman.
This is a classic numbers vs. tools prospect debate.