converge241 wrote:He is Eckstein with less SB
The Red Sox drafted Eckstein in the 19th round. The Red Sox made Pedroia their first overall pick in 2004. Somehow I doubt that they would make Pedroia their first pick if they thought he would turn out to be another Eckstein. Perhaps the comparison will turn out to be true over the long run, but Pedroia should easily surpass Eckstein's career line so far (.280/.350/.358). And his minor league totals are anything but mediocre. In three minor league seasons: .308/.392/.454. In 1040 minor league AB, he struck out just 77 times. He seems to possess a truly great eye.
Prior to that he played college ball where he was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, the 2003 Pac-10 co-Player of the Year, the 2003 National Defensive Player of the Year, and one of five finalists for the 2004 Golden Spikes Award.
He's surely not likely to be a top fantasy producer, but in large leagues I think it's likely he could turn out to be a soild contributor who will be steadier on a regular basis the way a player like Khalil Greene isn't. For what it's worth, Shandler and co. have been very positive about him.
Recent article: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/r ... mpetition/