I’ve tried to lay off the Reds beat writers, I really have. But John Fay’s recent notebook contains some real silliness:
Bergolla, a 22-year-old from Venezuela, did just what earned him a reputation as one of the Reds’ better young hitters. He went with the 98 mph fastball – and grounded it through the hole at second.
Bergolla has a .289 lifetime average in the minors and strikes out only about once every eight at-bats.
So a .289 minor league BA makes you “one of the better young hitters”?? Oh, I forgot the all important strikeout rate. Anyway, I looked at some numbers that actually matter, and found that unfortunately, Bergolla hasn’t really hit at the minor league level, and isn’t likely to hit in the bigs. (Just another Pokey, Gookie, or Olmedo, as far as I can tell). It’s his speed (143 SB in 443 games) that’s gotten him attention and promotion.
His OPS over the last three years:
2002 at Billings 856 (this was his third professional season, though at age 19)
2003 at Dayton 627
2004 at Potomac 651
2004 at Chatt 711
That’s better than Juan Castro, but it isn’t “top hitting prospect” stuff, is it?