Fantasy Man 27 wrote:Funny how his average drops 10 points going from the minor leagues to the majors. You guys can have Braun in the late second to third round, he isn't the first player to have hot streak for 200 ABs. Hell, he isn't the first guy on his team (JJ Hardy anyone?)
I just don't get how you can assume that everyone off to a hot start is due to flop. JJ Hardy had no where near the track record that Braun had. He was an okay minor league hitter who was defensively ready from the day he was drafted. No one ever projected a home run binge like he had earlier this year. And we're not talking just any 200 ABs (like Hardy's were in his 3rd season), we're talking his first 200 ABs against major league pitching. You're supposed to struggle (witness Alex Gordon) when you first get up. Guys typically only get better from there as time goes on (witness Prince Fielder, Bill Hall, heck most any young player). I'm not suggesting Braun can post a whole lot better than this (although some OBP in front of him would really help the RBIs), but his college, minor league, and limited major league track record suggest this isn't just some 200 AB hot streak. I don't expect him to hit .340-.350 over the course of a whole season, but I think a season of .300/30/110 with 20 SB is reasonable and would make him a top 5 3B at the least. In the bigger leagues I play in, that's a 3rd rounder.