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Who has more upside? Brett Lawrie , Jesus Montero , Mike Trout? And also who has the better year next year? Fans of the Jays , Yankees , Angels may not participate. GO
1. Mike Trout 2. Brett Lawrie 3. Jesus Montero.
Montero might end up having the best bat of the 3, but offers not much else in terms of defensive ability. Lawrie as #2 is solely dependant on his ability to play third base, in a very small sample size he did that well last year, but we will need more data before we can call him atleast an average fielding third baseman.
Trout plays the most difficult position and by all accounts plays it well. So he offers the most defensive value as well as base path value.
Your a Jays fan but id say thats a fair analysis. But you forgot the second question , who has the better year next year?
given that Montero will be DHing a lot and I’m not sure if Trout starts in the bigs, I will say Lawrie accumilates the highest WAR next year of the 3.
Jays fan but rules were meant to be broken.
For me personally I’m a bit pessimistic about “5 tool guys” like Trout. History has not been very kind to those type of top prospects (Corey Patterson, Lastings Milledge) so I find it harder to get on the Trout bandwagon. Montero has by all accounts an awesome bat but that’s about it to his game. Teams just don’t go for those one dimensional players like they used to and his offensive value will take a big hit from his lack of defense. Call me a homer but Lawrie has 1) shown he can hit for power and average 2) can take a walk and get on base which is rare for a young player and 3) has shown a ton of potential Defensively and in doing so has shown that he’s very good at adapting to different situations which will definitely help throughout his career. To me Brett Lawrie is most likely to be a star and have a better season but they are all great choices.
wow all this from 40+ games….
They were some pretty awesome 40+ games
What else is he supposed to judge it on? It’s using minor league numbers as well. Care to make your analysis instead of insulting his?
not liking trout because of patterson is like not liking lawrie because of brandon wood.
Did wood do anything close to what lawrie did when he got called up though?
no but at 23 years old corey patterson had a 5 WAR season.
I’m not comparing Wood to Lawrie, I’m saying thats a silly comparison, like comparing Wood to Patterson and Milledge.
Lawrie’s 1… and it isnt even close
Why isn’t it close, elaborate.
Care to elaborate?
I’d take Lawrie on offense as well. Trout gets the edge because I believe he’s younger and plays defense in CF. Power potential. I’v heard/read the Mantle comparisons…but I watched him play a half season..and I get the Mantle thing…but he reminds me alot of Andy Van Slyke.
Every group of scouts I was with would put their guns and stop watches down just to watch Trout play in the minors. He was THAT exciting to watch. The only player I’ve ever seen make quicker adjustments during an at bat was Ryne Sandberg.
East Coast Bias
Yanks fan (sorry)
I’m going Lawrie, Montero, then Trout.
AL East has some tough pitching, but luckily for Lawrie, the top guys
(CC, Lester, Price) are all left handed. I think he’ll put up monster
numbers next year as well.
Montero will probably have a better OPS, but his value drops because of his position. Or lack there of. Hopefully DHing motivates him to step his defensive game up and try to take over the catcher spot.
Trout batted what? like 240 last year? Montero had twice as many hits in half as many games. I know it’s a small sample size, but I think Lawrie’s and Montero’s game translates well in the bigs, and last year was probably a huge confidence booster for both. Not to say Trout will never figure it out, I get the feeling he will take a little longer into next year to adapt.
I’d put Lawrie for the best year next year, but Trout as the greatest upside.
Great situation for all three players, as they have awesome mentors in each team. Bautista, Pujols, Cano, Arod, etc…
Montero’s 2 years older than Trout. Trouts incredibly young to have been getting hacks in the bigs, his average doesn’t matter at all.
East Coast Bias
True, hence I think Trout will have the greatest upside when he does figure everything out. It could just take longer for him than the other two though…
Yah I think he’ll start the year in AAA, some more development cant hurt, plus the Angels have enough bodies out there anyways.
It’s about time you started apologizing for being a Yankee fan.
1. Trout — complete package and I think he is going to be a superstar.
2. Lawrie — Man, he is so awesome to watch. Looked like a complete package when he came up but there have been question marks about his ability to stick at 3rd base and how good he is defensively (he was truly excellent in the bigs albeit a small sample size). I think Lawrie and Trout are pretty close IMO.
3. Montero — Bat could be the best out of the bunch but he doesn’t have a true position and that hurts his value.
It might be a homer vote, but I think Lawrie will have the best year next season. I also don’t see Trout getting much playing time in the majors next season because they already have 3 outfielders and some seasoning won’t hurt Trout.
i was going to respond to grownice’s question with this same 1, 2, 3, & you took all the words from me, now the question is, does Lawrie have too many ABs or days in the majors where he can’t be eligible for ROY?
Aww. That little Indians fan was cute. Look at him get his hopes up.