This is a tale of two Yankees prospects.
One is a batter who is just 23-years old. The other is a pitcher who is just 22-years old.
Let’s look at the pitcher, first. He’s ripped through the minor leagues – making stops at Rookie Ball, Low-A, High-A, Double-A and Triple-A. To date, in his minor league career, he’s logged 310.6 IP and allowed an ERA of just 2.40. Further, he’s only walked 77 of the 1,186 batters that he’s faced – while whiffing 348 of them.
In the big leagues, he hasn’t done all that well – so far. In 94.6 IP he’s allowed an ERA of 5.51 – and, he’s only won 5 games in 19 starts. Yet, because of his age and minor league track record, many are convinced that he will be a major league star in the near future.
Now, let’s look at that batter. He’s ripped through the minor leagues – making stops at Short-Season A-Ball, Low-A, High-A, Double-A and Triple-A. To date, in his minor league career, he’s logged 1,489 At Bats while posting a batting average of .296. Further, at the Triple-A level, his lifetime batting average is .325 – and on top of that he’s a plus defender in the outfield with a strong throwing arm.
In the big leagues, he hasn’t done all that well – so far. In 1,425 At Bats he’s batted .266 with no power – and he’s hit just .242 in his last 401 At Bats. Yet, despite his age and minor league track record, many are convinced that he will never be a useful, full-time, player in the major leagues.
Seems sort of inconsistent, doesn’t it? Both are very young. Both have shot through, and excelled, in the minors. Both have struggled in the majors. Yet, one is seen as a future ace in the Yankees rotation and the other is seen as a bench player, at best.
Oh, by the way, the pitcher is Phil Hughes and the batter is Melky Cabrera.
Now, I’m not saying that Hughes will be a bust. And, I’m not saying that Cabrera will be a star. But, when you look at their resumes, they’re not all that different, are they? And yet, they are looked upon differently – by many Yankees fans. And, that seems unfair – at least to me.