davidmarver wrote:You havn't shown me anything other than "he's just gone deep". By the way, Geoff Blum went deep off Kerry Wood...doesn't mean he's worth anything.
The reason players have 'sophmore slumps' is because pitchers catch up to them and learn how to pitch to them. The players don't actually lose any skill.
VMart had one good year when he was in the right league for his age. I'd be surprised if he repeats last years numbers. I think .280, 20 homeruns, 85 rbi are realistic numbers. Granted, they are good numbers, but I don't think he has a good enough track record against the type of talent he's facing to continue his numbers from last year.
OK we need to set something straight. VMart was not a rookie in 04. So your 'sophomore jinx' theory or 'pitchers are catching up to him' theory are completely fabricated.
Look at his minor league numbers and compare them to what he did in 04 in the majors. As DK pointed out earlier, MLE's tell a lot more than you think. People who are arguing against VMart at this point are simply nitpicking. He is a disciplined hitter with a lot of power at his age at his position. There is A LOT to like about the kid.