After being drafted and signed in 2009, Robert Stock took the Appy league by storm hitting .322/.388/.550 in 165 PAs. He hit 7 homeruns in that short timespan and had 37.5% of his hits go for extra bases. In 2010, he’s hitting .203/.316/272 in 187 PAs.
This isn’t an indictment of Stock — well, I didn’t intend it that way at least — I’m just here to throw a little cold water on the hype you’ll see for 2010 draftees (Nick Longmire, I’m looking at you). These draftees may be the next great Cardinals player but please, don’t base that opinion on their performance at a short season club this year. The statistics are of questionable sample size and be wary of the age issue. The Cardinals are sending a lot of 2010 draftees to Batavia and Johnson City and the level of competition there is not on par with the full season teams in the Midwest League.
Nick Longmire might be an awesome player. He’s certainly hitting well so far — .400/.429/.920 — and it’s worth noting that he was (probably) drafted for his tools and not his college performance. That said, take his 2010 statistics and overall performance in context. It may not be as informative as you’d initially think.