I was reading through John's book last night and I came across him... it's funny how you forget about someone so quickly! :)
I went and looked at what he's done this season and I (mostly) like what I see, although it does come with the pretext of being in the CAL. His numbers (275/347/422) don't look great in comparison to last year (260/313/416) except for his higher OBP. However, he looks like he's improved his plate discipline relatively significantly. His AB/BB rate has gone from 14.56 to 10.55. His AB/K rate has gone from 4.61 to 5.55. Those are both relatively significant improvements. Since the end of April, his BB/K/AB ratio has been 15/20/121, which represents an even further improvement.
However, his power has gone a little backwards this year, hitting less 2B and HR than last year. This is not a good sign from a player in the CAL.
I'm very interested to see if he can take his new-found plate discipline and turn it into more production, especially in the power department. Scouts have always been impressed with his physical tools, so it would be surprising to me to not see him develop more power as he begins to swing at better pitches.
By no means do I think he will be a star, but I'm beginning to believe that he is showing signs that he can be a productive major league hitter if this improvement does not stall. Remember, he is only 21. John gave him a straight C in the book and I would think that will be higher by season's end.
Any thoughts? It would be great to hear from people who have seen him play this year.