CubsFan7724 wrote:In your opinion, but he can't hit lefties. Will he learn? Who knows. And Lofunzo, Tex is a better HR hitter. I cant see Blalock approaching what Tex will do. Also, Tex will hit cleanup, which means he gets to bat in Young, Soriano, and Blalock. Not bad at all. Tex will just have better numbers across the board, in a shallower position. I think players like Aramis and Chavez can put up similar or better numbers than Blalock in similar picks. I think Tex finishes as the 3rd best 1b this year, maybe 2nd depending on other stuff. (Helton steroids/trade? Thome injury?)
This is all specualtion of course... He hit lefties just fine in 04. He batted
.282 against them. It took Eric Chavez 5 full seasons to crack .250 against southpaws while it took Blalock exactly 1 full season.
Blalock was primarily known for his ability to make good contact in the minors. He developed into the power hitter much quicker than most people expected.
The ONLY knock against Blalock is that he hasn't shown the same developmental consistency as Teixeira. But that is just nitpicking more than anything else. He was so overhyped in his rookie season that he completely failed to perform. He came back very strong in 03 and was on his way to a monster season (21 HR in first half) when his wrist started to hamper his swing and was dreadful in the second half of 04.
We'll see how they do in 05 but to say that they are so much apart in potential or value is a mistake IMO.
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