GotowarMissAgnes wrote:Half Massed wrote:Simulacrum wrote:BravesGuy wrote:I don't know.... 3 home runs in one game is pretty impressive!
urban legend, it's never really happened
Yeah, it's pretty much impossible. This is well-documented.
Some people are really high on Markakis in this thread. He was a decent prospect going into last year, but nothing outstanding. On the other hand, outstanding is generally the word used to describe Young's talent. I don't see the comparison. I'd take Young over Markakis in every draft, although I wouldn't take either of them any kind of early.
I do agree that Young has the higher ceiling. But, Markakis was more than a decent prospect going into last year, if anyone really looked closely (and my views on him are well documented from last spring)
Last spring Sickels gave him an A- and called him a "real stud". Delmon was ratedan A prospect.
On JDM last spring, their compilation on prospect rankings had Markakis as the 35th best prospect in the minors. Delmon was #2.
And others are certainly raising their ratings of Markakis based on his performance last year. It's not unusual for prospects like this to show a 10-15 percent improvement in their first few years in the majors.
http://www.rotoauthority.com/2006/08/th ... pment.html
This also documents why his numbers last year should be carefully considered. They are low because he struggled early, beforemaking the necessary adjustments. There is no doubt he was rushed, but it was because the O' correctly assessed that he was the type of player who coped well with that pressure.
So, Young is no doubt the bigger prospect, but Markakis was more than decent to begin with and certainly improved his comparative standing last year. Furthermore, in terms of make-up, Markakis seems to me to be the type of player who puts a real effort into improvinghis skills. Most of what I've seen from Delmon is a guy who seems to think he can do it all with talent. Sometimes that make-up gets a rude awakening in the MLB. While I expect Young to be the better ballplayer, I would not be surprised to see him flame out early and Markakis have the better career.
Well, by decent I still did mean prospect. I consistently saw him in the top 50, but usually in the lower portions, as opposed to Young, who was always top 3. I'm not saying Markakis is not, or won't be, a good player, I'm just saying that there's reason for that discrepancy in prospect rankings.
As for Young, he'll never be super-disciplined, but I think he's capable of change once he realizes he needs it. After the bat-throwing incident, he cleaned up his act and was a perfectly fine guy at the big league level according to all reports. Attitude is important, and I think that shows that he wants to succeed and will make adjustments. However, I do think it will take something big to make him make that adjustment. That may be how is career goes. He may start performing poorly and sink to low levels before adjusting and becoming great.