FalcoAtL wrote:I'm not sure how Vitters hitting in the mid-.300's in high school has any relevance to what I said.
Why is it even a good point that he did it in high school? Moustakas was in high school as well, what makes him better? I could see why you emphasized Vitters playing in high school if Moustakas had played in college, but they are both high school players.
I personally favor Vitters as do most of the experts.
look at my post...i was talking about the batting average. i know it doesn't mean a lot, but someone who bats 150 points more at the same level, gets picked over the other player while still not really having a position to play defense at seems to be the logical choice as the better hitter.
A lot of scouts had Moustakas over Vitters anyway
Are you a scout? You seem to know what you talk about, yet you don't bring up the reason Vitters hit that low. He had a bad case of pneumonia and was sick for a few weeks. With the pressure of the draft coming up, he decided to go ahead and start playing, even though he was not even close to 100%.
How about you go and play baseball when it is hard to even breathe. Now I am by no means an expert, but I do know from experience that baseball is a very hard sport to play when you are constantly tired. Batting averages in high school are irrelevent anyway, most of the top prospects in high school baseball are pitched around and swing at bad pitches because they are tired of getting walked.
Also, this guy hit 3 doubles against Michael Main, Matt Harvey, and Rick Porcello this year, that isn't too shabby. Take high school stats with a grain of salt, there are way too many factors. Players get roughly 70-80 ABs a year. If you really want to compare Josh Vitters to Mike Moustakas, and their .150 batting average difference that is a difference of roughly 9 hits. Factor in Vitters losing 10-15 pounds, I would say their averages are roughly the same.
But yeah, the moral of the story is high school stats are misleading. Jonny Damon hit under .300 as a senior in high school, he has turned out to suck, right? Let the scouts do their job. Also, Moustakas, IMO, won't be able to stick at the SS position.
As for the original poster, he was one of three HS hitters that were very close. Josh Vitters, Mike Moustakas, and Jason Heyward. I personally see them as Heyward, Moustakas and Vitters, in that order. Of course, this is coming from a Braves fan
Vitters doesn't have the best defense, so the Cubs picked him assuming that he would move to the OF most likely. A rule of thumb in the draft is always take BPA, and that is what the Cubs did (in their minds.)