Looking at Youkilis' AAA stats for a second ...
In his first exposure to AAA, at age 24, he played 32 games, 132 PA's and had this slash line: 165/295/248 (ugly!), so even Youkilis initially struggled.
The next year, at age 25, he played 38 games, 178 PA's and had this slash line: 266/350/403. Garin, at 23, had this somewhat similar slash line: 263/341/371.
Now, to be fair, Youkilis had these walk and K rates:
age 24 - 13.6%, 15.9%
age 25 - 10.7%, 15.7%
And Garin had this:
age 23 - 9.6%, 21.6%
EDIT: Oops, misread Garin's walk/K rates. I'd also like to know where to get some stats like ISO, at a glance, for Youkilis. Fangraphs doesn't seem to want to display minor league stats when I click the "Minors" link on his fangraphs page.
I'm not down on Garin yet (not saying anyone is), and from a developmental perspective, this might be a benefit. The burst at the end of the season was very encouraging - and with an increased walk rate (compared to his overall line).
Edited by HillysLastWalk, 23 September 2014 - 01:26 PM.