Originally Posted by KC_Connection
And as I said at the time, writing off a player because of his K/BB in the major leagues at the age of 21/22 is simply ridiculous. It still is. Snider could have easily improved on that flaw at that age or still had significant MLB success in spite of it. He didn't...at least not yet anyway.
You had no added insight into Travis Snider or his failings that nobody else in prospect world did. Nor did you have any idea just how mentally fragile and full of self-doubt he was (which seems to be the biggest reason among many for his failings so far). I've been wrong about many prospects before, though, and I will again. It's an inexact science and it's exactly the reason why you shouldn't get overly attached to them when talking trade for legitimate MLB players.
The kid never learned to hit a breaking ball. Ever.
Go ahead and chalk it up to some nebulous crap like human frailty if you want, but at the time I said he had no earthly idea where the strike zone was and history shows us that very few players ever
just find it.
You were ignoring a fundamental flaw in his game because you were a homer. It's no big deal, everyone does it. But don't sit here and act like it took a psychiatrist to figure out why he'd fail. All you needed to have was an open mind and some understanding of history. Guys that can't find the strikezone rarely locate it.