Originally Posted by A. Cavatica
His 2004 numbers were not what I'd call "raking". He was a 25 year old farmhand in a hitter's park, and his .827 OPS was worse than 2B Bryant Nelson, SS Bobby Smith, and C Ryan Hankins, all of whom had at least as many at-bats. He was only called up because Magglio got hurt; he didn't hit his way to Chicago.
His 2007 numbers were as a 28 year old in one of the best hitter's parks in all of baseball (Albuquerque), and in only 76 at-bats.
The guy went from college to a nearly 900 OPS AA season in his first full year of pro ball and followed that up with an .850 OPS in AAA the next year, That made him quite the prospect. What happened after that and why is certainly a point that can be argued, but he was quite the prospect after those 2001 and 2002 seasons.