Tavish wrote:Wright didn't progress through the minors faster than Utley. Utley was drafted out of college and Wright out of High School. Wright played more games with more ABs in the minors. Utley's progress was also slowed by the Phillies' determination to play Polanco through the 04 season and even into the 05, while Wright had the complete backing of the Mets organization.
I was a little sloppy in what I was trying to say. Let me explain.
At age 19 in low A Wright had a .768 OPS.
At age 20 in high A he hit .828. Moving up a level, he still improved his performance.
At age 21 in AA he hit 1.086. Moving up a level he still improved.
At age 22 in AAA, he hit .967. Moving up a level he only slid a hair.
Moving up mid-year, in MLB at 22, he hit .857. Moving up a level mid-year, he only declined a modest amount.
Utley went from hitting over 1.000 in college at age 22, to a .796 at AAA at age 23. It took him a whole year to adjust to professional ball.
At age 24, in AAA, he hit .907 and moved up mid-year.
Instead of just declining a modest amount, his OPS slipped to .695. Where Wright dropped 110 points, Utley dropped 212.
At age 25 Utley repeated his good performance in AAA, and again returned to MLB, where he hit .776. That's much better. Still in his first 400 ABs (at an oldr age), he could only post a .750 OPS. Wright was 100 points better and 3 years younger.
Finally, at age 26, Utley makes the adjustment.