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  1. Doug in DE
    Doug in DE August 12, 2010 at 12:07 am |

    Real happy about his progress. Would like to see him run more. 8 steal attempts seems low for a speedy outfielder

    1. Jordan
      Jordan August 12, 2010 at 12:16 am |

      Melewski made a mistake. He was 28/42 in SB attempts with Frederick.

      http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=542897

  2. Don
    Don August 12, 2010 at 10:36 am |

    The kid can flat out run and one of the giant flags to his speed is a mere 7 ground out into a double play over his three year career in minor league baseball. Some guys will make 7 in one month.

    In reality, he should have more attempts over his minor league numbers. He simply has a learning curve picking up pitchers. This season he attempts a steal at 31%, while at first base. I would tend to want to see at least 40-45% with his speed.

    I still think he will have a bit more power in his bat. He shoud compare to Carl Crawford with less stealing ability and more pop in the bat. I think Avery has the chance to be a .290 35 15 type of player that could score well over 100 runs a season in the top of an order. He is a number 2 type hitter and would be a leadoff guy if he can curb the stikeouts a take a few more walks.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan August 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm |

      Not only is he learning how to pick up pitchers but he’s still learning how to use his speed in game action. Have you seen him live this year? He needs to take better routes in the outfield but even when he doesn’t, his speed allows him to make the play.

      1. Don
        Don August 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm |

        I watched him and I cannot make it out clearly. I wonder how quickly he hits his “topped out” speed and showing quick accleration. He was a blue chip running back prospect, so I tend to think the problem is the game itself. He was a product of being better than every other player in his high school league, and maybe area of Georgia. He could live off raw ability and still be the best player.

        Multi-sport athletes typically do not play in the area code games and other showcase events in the late summer and early fall. They are not exposed against better competition and lack basic understandings of the game.

        He will grow into a better hitter and fielder as he progresses. He is the type that might not fully reach his potential until 28-29 years of age with a solid 10 years of focus on one sport. Most of your high level players were geared light years ahead of him, it will take a bit more time until he is truly a “baseball player”.