Minor league numbers are often misleading, and I think Larson may be a flop again at the big league level. One of the things that troubles me greatly about Larson is the fact that it took him a long time to master each level along the way. First round pick in '97, opened at AA, got demoted to A for a year and a half, AA for another year and a half, and then what amounts to three full years at AAA. He'll be 28 next month. When factoring in his draft status, that's painfully slow progress, and not the type displayed by a bona fide prospect. I think he's better than the disaster of a year ago, but pretty limited overall. Book on him is that he has a real problem with even middling breaking balls, and his free swinging tendencies mean he won't see the fastballs he likes.
As far as recently promoted 3B's go, I'd much rather have Chad Tracy.