Robert Stock, first 2009 pick w/ Grapefruit debut, gets a base hit on first pitch he sees. Color me perplexed by college average.
Allow me to explain his low batting averages. One fact we all know about, that he left school early and started his college baseball career at the tender age of 17. It was expected that there would be a learning curve for Stock.
Two, his up and down luck when it comes to his batting averages of balls on play:
- Freshman, ’07 – .248 batting average, .260 BABIP.
- Sophomore, ’08 – A much healthier .295 BA, not surprisingly he had a .302 BABIP.
- Junior, ’09 – .219 batting average, .224 BABIP. Ouch.
- Pro debut, ’09 – .289 BA, .331 BABIP.
Over this time he averaged 159 at-bats per season. There’s a lot of randomness that can happen over the course of 159 at-bats. Felipe Lopez hit .385 in 156 at bats in his last stint as a Cardinal. Hanley Ramirez once hit .230 over a span of 174 at-bats.
Is Stock a good hitter or a bad hitter? In time we’ll find out. In the meantime, I’d go more by what the scouting reports say than handfuls of at-bats per season at the Division 1 level and rookie ball level while he was teenager. By making any judgments calls now (good or bad) based on his stats apart from what trained eyes say, you’re going to come up with some fuzzy assumptions.