Stubbs started the year as the consensus top college hitter.Ã‚Â He dropped.Ã‚Â His defense is unquestioned, and is supposedly big league ready right now.Ã‚Â He’s a fast, “5-tool guy,” with questionsÃ‚Â about his hitting.Ã‚Â Strikeout prone.
2006 line:Ã‚Â .342Ã‚Â .439Ã‚Â .580Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Good, but not dominant.
Ã‚Â Kevin Goldstein of Prospectus had this to say a few weeks ago:
“a dynamic athlete and a fantastic outfielder, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s yet to convince some evaluators that he can make consistent contact at the major league level, as heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recorded 167 whiffs in 629 college at-bats. However, with plus or better tools across the board, he may have a ceiling higher than any player in the draft.”
Goldstein quoted one scout as saying StubbsÃ‚Â is “one of the best 10 center fielders in baseball right now, at any level.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Another scout reportedly told Baseball America, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Stubbs canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hit. He never could hit, and he never will hit.Ã¢â‚¬Â
i would have prefered a one tool player, if they could have gotten someone with the pitching tool.
Tim Lincecum went 10th, i would have been happier with him.
Yeah, this one concerns me. Lincecum is the guy I wanted. They say he throws high-90s.
Just watched some video of the guy over at MLB.com. He’s certainly athletic. Consider my fingers crossed.
I would say from his numbers that Scout they quoted is a moron.
WTF, are all these doofus’ talking about. Not a “pure” powerhitter. Why cause isn’t fat? The dude led his team two years in a row in HR. He has HIT over .300 all three years at Texas. He walks.
Oh wait. He strikes out. Don’t listen to the scouts or especially Lance.
BTW, “make contact” is a Scouts buzzword for he doesn’t ground out enough.
True, but he obviously knows the strikezone…he walked nearly 20% of his PAs. I am not sure I buy your argument, but I can live with this guy.
The next two picks were horrid though
I would rather compare him to his teammates than someone who slugged .943 for Douche Bag State.
Or atleast to the other guys in his conference.
With College stats you also have to take into account who they are playing. UT probably plays a little better competition than say Pigknuckle State.
Actually, after looking at his stats and considering his competition, I’m starting to like this pick. At least it’s defensible…and not for the reasons that the scouts say.
I look at it this way. If he strikes out a lot but shows capable power and speed with a fantastic glove, there are worse things than to draft a more well-rounded Mike Cameron to be the heir-apparent in centerfield for a decade.
Yeah, it’s surprising, considering he just finished a major college, 4-year career in the Big 12. Don’t know why he wouldn’t be in A ball to start out.
Perhaps they want him in rookie ball to get used to the wooden bat before moving him up in competition.