i really don't understand people's confidence in blalock to improve. he's a solid 30 HR/.850 OPS guy, but that's his ceiling. he'll have bad years like this and he'll have normal ones where he does what he did last year, but teix... his ceiling is like 45-50 HR/.950-1.000 OPS. blalock has been up longer and has just about maxed out his potential. teix improved from last year and will probably improve again next year. he's just a more talented ball player.
Well, Teixeira is obviously more talented based on the fact that his numbers in 04 were already at par or above Blalock's.
However, I have to strongly disagree that Blalock has a limited ceiling. He is still only 25 years old and showed glimpses of his immense talent. One of these years he will put it all together.
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