Found December 21, 2011 on The Crazy Crabbers:
Once upon a time the Giants had an awesome hitting prospect, he had all the tools one could ask for, he had good power, made contact well and by all accounts was a very good fielder. At each minor league level against inferior pitching he looked like the second coming of Babe Ruth, a real can't miss prospect that was the envy of every scouting director and general manager in baseball. When he was finally called up to the majors something funny happened. He couldn’t hit a major league curveball and his strike out rate soared. When he did put the ball in play, he had poor luck with those balls falling in for hits leading to a poor batting average. The major league team was dumb struck, "how could this happen?" they asked and proceeded to yo-yo him between the majors and the minors giving him spurts of playing time. Luckily the Giants gave this prospect enough shots and after being in the big leagues for 700 or so plate appearances he was finally able ...
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  • Personally feel he's going to mature faster :)

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