June 15, 2009
Quote of the Week: "He's just not a real good hitter"
I'll tell you what. This kid's hitting instincts are nowhere near what we all thought he'd be. He's so undisciplined, it's unbelievable. He's still got speed. He's still got a good arm. He still has skills. He's just not a real good hitter.
Presumably that isn't the same scout who "gushed that Young's potential is so great that he compared him to Frank Robinson" shortly after the trade with Tampa Bay. Based on the above quote and Patrick Reusse's column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune it looks like people are finally starting to think beyond their old copies of Baseball America when evaluating Young's potential. And all it took was 1,591 plate appearances of undisciplined, powerless, .288/.322/.401 hitting to get the point across.
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