Koby Schellenger wrote:I still rank Pie in the top 10 OFs. He still possesses the same skills now that he did 12 months ago. If you want to look at just the statistics, they were down, but there's a reason. He started the year as a 21 year old in a league where the average age was nearly 24. He improved his walk rate and lowered his strikeout rate. If not for about 200 at bats in May and June he's have thrown up a great line of roughly .310/.360/.480. His BABIP was lower than his career average indicating he was either unlucky to an extent or the ball parks he played in were more unfriendly to hitters. It's probably some of both but PCL parks definitely have more foul territory than Southern and Florida State League parks so I'd give credence to that. He's improved his arm strength and played some RF early in the season. He's learning to react to the ball off the bat better and that began to show much more later in the season. He's improved his ability to bunt the ball both as a sacrifice and for a base hit.
Great arguement. You hit my thoughts on the head. As a Cubs fan, I have followed Pie from the beginning. The guy will be getting a raw deal concerning upcoming prospect lists, I can almost assure that. While I may not have him in the top 5 (Butler, Maybin, Bruce, McCutcheon, C.Young, Tabata, Martinez, etc...), he is definitely in my top 10 OF prospects. As of now, he is bunched in a top 100 group that includes Pence, Sweeney, and Adam Jones. Currently, Pie leads that group of 4 because of age, tools, and his ability to adjust to Triple-A, but he leads by a slim margin.