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i put him at number 4 as far as hitting prospects go, behind gordon , dukes, and butler. as far as i'm concerned, he hasn't developed the patience at the plate necessary to become a middle of the lineup slugger.dcskater619 wrote:steagles wrote: even though i'm not that high on delmon.
hahaha... that makes 1
Koby Schellenger wrote:Delmon Young is not a "middle of the order slugger."
While OBP is a valuable commodity for a baseball team, it is not the only thing that matters, nor is it very reliable when judged on minor league numbers.. There are many successful hitters who are like Delmon Young in their ability to combine speed and power that do not have tremendous OBPs. Players like Bill Hall, Matt Holliday, Alfonso Soriano and and Vlad Guerero have succeeded despite lower walk rates.
Further, there are many players who presently draw a lot of walks at the big league level and did not draw nearly that level in the minor leagues for a variety of reasons. Ryan Howard has increased his walk rate by about 50% at the ML level. Pujols nearly doubled his walk rate. David Ortiz, Carlos Beltran and many others experience spikes in their OBP after reaching the major leagues.
1996: age 19, SAL (A), .333/.383/.544, 30 bb, 45 k
1997: age 20, FSL (A+), .363/.388/.650, 3 bb, 10 k
age 20, EL (AA), .360/.438/.612, 51 bb, 42 k
age 20, MLB, .185/.185/.296, 0 bb, 3 k
1998: age 21, MLB, .302/.350/.483, 19 bb, 39 k
2004: age 18, SAL (A), .320/.386/.536, 53 bb, 120 k
2005: age 19, SOU (AA), .336/.386/.582, 25 bb, 66 k
age 19, INT (AAA), .285/.303/.447, 4 bb, 33 k
2006: age 20, INT (AAA), .316/.341/.474, 15 bb, 65 k
age 20 MLB, .317/.336/.476, 1 bb, 24 k
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