In response to bosoxmal's comment:
In response to hill55's comment:
Red Sox fans should temper their expectations for 21-year-old Mookie Betts.
I'm always fascinated by similar statistics even if the similarity could be more random than meaningful. Compare these minor leagues stats for two middle infielders drafted a year apart in fifth rounds of MLB drafts:
Player A 1311 PA, .315/.408/.470/.877
Player B 1183 PA, .320/.407/.463/.870
... and their MLB stats since their respective call-ups this season (going into today's games):
Player A 52 PA, .250/.294/.375/.669., 86 OPS+
Player B 69 PA, .344/.406/.443/.848. 144 OPS+
Player A is Mookie Betts and Player B is Seattle's Chris Taylor.
Betts and Taylor have significant differences, most notably that Taylor is two years older than Betts. In the minors, Taylor generally played in hitter-friendlier leagues (although the environments ostensibly have been flipped at the MLB level). Betts was drafted out of high school while Taylor was drafted out of the University of Virginia.
Taylor apparently has claimed the Mariner shortstop job from 24-year-old middle infielder Brad Miller, who posted these minor league and MLB stats:
milb 999 PA, .334/.409/.516/.925
MLB 679 PA, .232/.296/.373/.668, 90 OPS+
It will be interesting to watch the development of Betts, Taylor and Miller.
Interesting, but was Player B's Seattle stint continuous, or broken up likeBetts' was. And you never mentioned anything but hitting. What were Taylor's fielding stats in the minors compared to Mookie's. I'm convinced both will be all stars. Where will Betts play, that's the 64 dollar question?
Chris Taylor has been on Seattle's 25-man roster continuously since his call-up on July 25, although Taylor has started only 18 of the Mariners' 24 games since then (splitting time with Brad Miller).
When taken in the fifth round of the June 2012 draft, Taylor was considered a glove-first shortstop described as a "poor man's Deven Marrero" in reference to the shortstop taken by the Red Sox in first round of that draft:
FanGraphs describes Taylor with "Defensively, he’s an above-average shortstop with good range, soft hands and a strong arm" and John Sickels writes that Taylor "has above-average range, soft hands, and makes few mental mistakes. His arm strength is just adequate and as a result I think he fits better at second base; he's stretched on difficult throws from shortstop. That said, he's not a bad shortstop by any means: he's solidly good there, certainly quite playable, but my read is that he can be truly excellent at second."
Taylor has a concerning five errors in his first 22 MLB games, but also turns in an occasional spectacular play:
In statistically insignificant samples, Taylor has a UZR/150 of 1.1 in 160 innings at shortstop this season while Betts has a UZR/150 of a negative 25.4 in 119 innings in the outfield:
Again, we'll have fun watching the development of the young players.