Cornbread Maxwell wrote:LBJackal wrote:brandnew wrote:He's been hurt this ST. He was a rookie last year...
Check out Michael Young's Rookie stats: .249/.298/.402
Most hitters struggle their rookie year.
He wasn't a rookie, it was his 3rd season in the majors, and he lost his rookie eligibility in 2003. But anyway, check out Damion Easley's rookie stats, they're probably similar. All rookies are usually bad. Infante's never actually been good, he's just had youth going for him. Just because Michael Young used to suck doesn't mean all 2B's that put up bad numbers will one day be good hitters.
yes, but he was still hurt the vast majority of ST, so the comments you posted about how awful he's been this spring really just show your own bias more than anything. Relevant numbers would be from when he's healthy, right? Like when he had an OBP well over .400 in winterball.LBJackal wrote:If Infante had been a prospect, or had been good in the minors, or had done anything whatsoever I could see him being touted as a breakout candidate. The only reason he even played at advanced levels at such a young age was because his father was dying and he wanted to make the big leagues before he died. Not because he was highly touted. They tossed him into AAA only to see him have a .253 BA and .306 OBA in 2 seasons there.
Just because you never heard about a prospect doesnt mean he isnt good, right?
Here's a 3rd party profile of Infante written in 2003:Bill Zarras - NABL wrote:Omar Infante was discovered and signed while playing baseball in Venezuela by the Detroit Tigers on April 28, 1999. What got the Tigers’ attention was Infante’s impressive defensive prowess. Initially, due to injuries within the organization, Omar was rushed from rookie league up to Class-A Lakeland, but quickly proved that he could hold his own. While at Double-A Erie, he was the youngest player in the Eastern League. Despite possessing only average speed, Infante has terrific range at short and always knows when and how to steal a base. In the field, he possesses soft hands, an accurate arm and can really make plays from the hole. He seldom makes errors on routine plays and he possesses terrific instincts on the field. Without a doubt, Infante’s defense is more than major-league-ready. He is also a natural-born leader, on and off the field. Offensively, Omar is a great contact hitter, despite his penchant for swinging at bad pitches, but he still needs to learn how to drive the ball better. This should come as he matures, and as he improves his strength and conditioning. He is also an adept bunter and excels at hitting-and-running and moving runners over.
We believe that with the improved plate discipline that Infante has demonstrated over the past two seasons, that as soon as he fills out and gets stronger, he will be a top-notch major league middle infielder, both defensively and offensively. There is only one caution with Infante, and that is that he was born with a genetic birth defect to his spine, which has given him a slight case of spondylolysis. For a short time last season, he missed some time due to a sore back. Normally, a mild condition of spondylolysis can be controlled with painkillers; however, Infante could end up having chronic back problems, due to this genetic problem. Nonetheless, Omar should go in the first round of the upcoming NABL draft.
Jackal - your assessment that he made the big leagues because his father was dying had to be one of the most ridiculous things Ive ever seen you write. Complete Hogwash.
Yeah, what he said. That's what I meant.