Havok1517 wrote:Make no mistake, I'm sure The Rays would love for Brignac to push Bartlett out of the starting spot. Brignac could without question be the starter for The Rays over Bartlett right now and with similar results but he's better than that. But they don't want him to come up and lose confidence as he has much more potential than Bartlett (Iwamura isn't a factor) and Brignac should produce better than Bartlett when ready. Beckman is probably around 4 to 5 years away from making an impact in the majors as he was a highly raw HS draftee who may not be done growing either. I think this is Reid's year to put up and if he does he'll be the starter sooner rather than later. ST should be very telling but you don't want Reid Brignac to be rushed but he's already good enough to be a regular on most teams.
Reid Brignac needs to show that he can hit at the AAA level before he can be considered better than Bartlett. Other than his '06 offensive outburst in High-A launching pad Brignac has had a relatively underwhelming MiLB career. The encouraging thing is that he's still young and he has a couple good reviews on his defense. Bartlett isn't great by any means (although he is solid), so when Brignac shows that he is ready he could get a shot. I actually wouldn't be surprised if they traded Iwamura in the offseason (or at the deadline if they have a hole elsewhere). He has a '10 option.