So, coming into this year, he was thought of as your prototypical C+/C level guy--a 6th round pick out of Creighton in 2006, he mashed at Lancaster at 330/423/579. Nice numbers, but his age, experience and the especially the league/park gave every reason to be skeptical. But:
This year, in AA, he's put up a ridiculous 349/488/508 line as a 24 year old. Are we looking at Youkilis 2.0 here? He's big: 6'4", 225. He bats lefty, but is also killing lefties at 396/508/646.
His line against righties? Here: 321/476/423.
His plate control and ability to get on base seem completely legit. So the question is whether he's a power hitter like he is against lefties, or if he's just a good average/great walks guy, like he is against righties. If his real power is anything like he showed last year or is showing against lefties, that translates into a really crush-worthy hitter. Even if he's the batter he is this year against righties, he's basically the wet dream #2 hitter.
He's hitting much better at home than on the road, but he's still a good hitter on the road.
He's played mostly RF, and some LF. Any reports on his fielding?
Is he a straight B type guy now? He has to be at least a B- if his performance stays anywhere near where he's at now, and if it does stay where it's at, he could be up in the show this year.