Andrew Simon of “Hitting the Cutoff Man” has provided his first installment of the series “25 Stars 25 and Under.” Matt Wieters makes the list at catcher. Adam Jones gets a mention in the outfield but comes up short in competition with the Cardinals’ Colby Rasmus.
Here’s an excerpt:
C – Matt Wieters, BAL, 23. Wieters came up last season with tremendous hype, and while his performance wasn’t awe-inspiring, it was solid and encouraging for a 23-year-old catcher getting his first taste of the Majors. Even with his inexperience and position, he was about a league-average hitter.
OF – Colby Rasmus, STL, 23. Adam Jones and Denard Span also were great options here, but Rasmus wins via music video tiebreaker. Rasmus is already a top-five defensive center fielder, so it’s just a matter of his bat developing after an unspectacular rookie season. More patience and a better performance against lefties would help, but Rasmus did show his power potential with 16 homers in 474 at-bats.
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