ATLANTA, GA - JULY 5: Dan Uggla #26 of the Atlanta Braves attempts to throw out a runner against the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field on July 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Last night I posted a Prospect Retro for Chipper Jones, pointing out that he played quite poorly in rookie ball, yet he developed into a Hall of Famer. Later today or tomorrow I'll have a piece on Melky Cabrera, who developed from a guy that I thought might be a fourth outfielder into an excellent regular.
Here's the question for discussion: name two players who surprised you with their success, one each from the following categories:
A player who scouted well, didn't put up great minor league numbers, but became a strong player in the majors anyway. In other words,a guy the scouts were right about.
A player who put up great minor league numbers, but had mediocre or poor scouting reports, who became a strong player anyway. In other words, a guy the statheads were right about.
Let's concentrate on hitters today. We will look at pitchers in a separate piece.