Zito is God wrote:Jeremy Hermida - He was simply unreal in the minors. I expect last year's slow start was a fluke. I think he will be big toward the second half of this year.
Nick Markakis - I never was a believer. Hes a Jay payton.
¿Qué? Don't get me wrong; I like Hermida. But I don't see how his minor league numbers are "unreal." He only hit .283, he only slugged .430, and despite his vaunted plate discipline, he only walked 0.84 times for every strikeout. I think Hermida is a fantastic player, but let's not go overboard yet again.
And that brings me to my next point: Why do you like Hermida so much and not like Markakis at all? Both were highly touted prospects. Markakis' plate discipline isn't as good, but he still posted a very respectable 0.69 BB/K ratio. He also posted the superior slugging percentage. Then Markakis jumps to the majors with just 124 AA at bats under his belt and just 350 Advanced A at bats before that, and he not only survives, but he succeeds as well.
I don't pretend to think that either is a great slugger, but I think that both are professional hitters. I can see someone not liking either player, but how someone can like Hermida, who fell flat in his rookie season and in some respects actually has the inferior minor league track record, over Markakis, who exceeded expectations by a great deal, I find somewhat boggling. Is there a particular reason you have for this?