Mara, I have to correct what I said about Freeman not being “Heyward great” in AAA because I was only looking at his stats for the whole year. A truer picture is what he’s done since June when he turned a corner. We’re on the last day of July, and this is what the kid is really doing down there:
June: .333 Batting Average, with a monster .946 OPS!!!!
July: .318 Batting Average, .923 OPS.
Twenty. Freaking. Years. Old. And, yeah, that’s very close to “Heyward Great.” J-Hey didn’t play enough in AAA to get an exact comparison, but he hit .352 in 47 games of AA, and I would say that’s about even or just a little better than what Freeman is doing.
Frederick is better right now than Troy Glaus, I can hardly doubt it.
If Minor is as ready as he looks, I believe he’ll break camp with Freeman in 2011 (Meds to the pen or traded), and if he does that, can you guys believe this onslaught of high impact rookies four years in a row???? Who does that?!
2008: Jair Jurrjens
2009: Tommy Hanson, Kris Medlen
2010: Jason Heyward, Jonny Venters
2011: Freddie Freeman, Mike Minor
And it would be pretty unusual if 2012 doesn’t graduate one of Teheran & Delgado. Other real possibilities: Kimbrel, Mike Dunn. I bet nobody in baseball besides maybe Tampa Bay can boast the “Wins Above Replacement” numbers we’re getting from rookies in this span.