He reminds me of Hanley Ramirez in terms of his tools and upside. When you watch Tejada play, he stands out as the best player on the field and Hanley Ramirez was that way as well.
When Hanley was 20 years old, he played in Single-A Augusta and put up some rather pedestrian numbers: 422 AB, 8 HR, .327 OBP, .730 OPS. In comparison, Tejada's statistics this year--at the age of 20--are better, his lack of plate discipline notwithstanding.
Hanley played in Double-A at the ages of 21 and 22 and his numbers in Portland were decent but not great, nothing in the statistics (at that stage) to suggest that Hanley would be one of the best at the major league level. When Hanley was traded, some believed that the Red Sox sold him high because his most recent minor league numbers did not suggest stardom. With that said, his tools and upside were off the charts and that is why the Marlins wanted him.
I agree with you in that Tejada's lack of plate discipline is a source of concern and could be exposed at the higher levels. Still, he has the tools and skills to improve in this area and be a great major league player. His offensive production is finally catching up to his vast potential. EDIT:
(I should note: I have Hanley in Double-A at the age of 21, whereas you have him there at the age of 20. I'm getting my ages from this source: http://www.soxprospe...irez-hanley.htm
-- take note of the year, level, and age of the player. I'm too lazy to do the math on my own to figure out if the ages, and corresponding years, are correct. As I look at them, I think the source is incorrect. If I bump Hanley's age down a year, he would be 20 years old during the 2004 season, a year in which his numbers at Single-A Sarasota (a .753 OPS) fall short of Tejada's Single-A numbers in 2010 thus far. But you would be right in saying that Hanley reached Double-A at the age of 20. Though, Tejada should reach Double-A at the age of 20 as well).
Edited by FanSinceBoggs, 25 June 2010 - 12:52 AM.