How did Wright have a better year? Utley had 32 less at-bats. He batted .291, 28 hrs, scored 93 runs & had 105 rbi's & an OPS of .915. Wright batted .306, scored 99 runs, 27hrs, had 102 rbi's & an OPS of .912.
Stolen bases? Wright had 17 & Utley had 16.
Utley did not start to figure out how to hit lefties until around August. NZF makes a point about age difference and potential. However, it is not like we are talking about a 30 year-old late boomer. Wright is 23 & Utley is 27. So what? How will that matter over the next 5 years? That is not an indicator that Wright's stats will get better, while Utley's will not. The age difference is not going to matter much over the next 5 years. Potential? Who said that Wright had more potential? Where is that written? Utley was a very highly regarded prospect. What is the indication that Wright has more?
Belive me, I am not arguing that Wright is not a top-flight player (though I do think he is getting a tad overrated). However, to simply dismiss Utley as an inferior talent is baseless.
I see no indication of who one can make a claim that over the next 5 years Wright will have better #'s than Utley will. Personally, given the ballpark that they play in, I would say that Utley is a better bet to put up better numbers.
This is just a debate off course, but I welcome all opinions and would like to know if people think that I am wrong, then why.