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Can a prospect in his late 20's breakout and succeed in the majors?
Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:37 PM
Bryan LaHair is 29 and this season should be his 1st FULL-TIME shot at the big league level. I was wondering if any other prospects in the past had come up in their late 20's and still been able to be significant contributors. The list of those late-blooming prospects that failed is probably much longer than the list of those that succeeded, but I'm hopeful LaHair can be a nice surprise this season.
Here are a few of the late-blooming prospect types that make me hope LaHair can join this list. If you know of others, do share...
Henry Rodriguez - no full time play until joining Expos at age 28.
5 seasons of 20+ HR's, 6 seasons of OPS+ over 100, and even an all-star
Kevin Youilis - 27 years old when he first played 100+ MLB games. OPS+
topping 100 every season since then, consistently among best in league
OBP and averaging 20 HR's a season, and a WS champion
Jeff Conine - no full time chance til 27, wound up in 2 all star appearances
WS champion almost 2,000 hits and 200+ HR's, played til age 41
Nelson Cruz - 28 years old when first playing 100 MLB games. All Star, 25 HR/year in past 3 seasons, and middle of order bat for a team that made back-to-back WS appearances
Posted 25 January 2012 - 07:04 PM
The point remains though that the number of guys to break out as hitters at this age with virtually no playing time in the major leagues is a far shorter list than the guys that haven't in the same situation.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 10:00 PM
If you were going to go this route, you could probably add Michael Morse (didn't get a full-time shot until he was 28/29, and was ridiculous last year).
True story. I was at a Cubs-Nats game last August in and he hit a towering shot into the bleachers off of Garza. Morse has a strange pre-AB routine but the dude can mash.
Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:57 AM
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