Found something interesting today and wanted to get your take:
Take a look at Ryan Braun's 2006 Minor League season and Ike Davis' 2009 Minor League season.? For both players this was their age 22 season.? The similarities are crazy, both in production and games played per level.? If you take out the position played and which side of the batters box they stand in they're almost identical, maybe with Davis having the slight edge in OPS and Braun adding very good stolen base numbers.? Also, Braun played in the Southern League at AA while Davis played in the Eastern League, but I couldn't begin to tell you how that effects the?results, if at all. ?I came across this while trying to?find a?good player to compare to Davis' development.? Is there anything to this projection wise?? Braun did have a much stronger history in the MiLB before 2006 than Davis had before 2009 and Davis has some stark Lefty/Righty splits.? I didn't factor in Davis' AFL numbers because I did not know whether Braun had played in the AFL that year, but considering Davis' Fall League production it doesn't hurt.? Otherwise I don't see why this wouldn't be something to get just a little excited about.? I'm not saying Davis is going to be Ryan Braun but it's a pretty good point of comparison.
Jesse, that's really interesting stuff you have there.
- Braun followed up his big '06 by starring in the PCL for the first 33 games of the season in '07 where he hit .333/.403/.675 with 12 2B, 9 HR with 13 BB against 11 K.? I saw him repeatedly in his month + in the PCL and he was easily the best hitter in the league.? He was actually the best hitter in the league all year, in a decent year for PCL prospects with Geovany Soto, Hunter Pence and Adam Jones, for example.? Note his absolute complete command of the strike zone with more walks than strikeouts and his ridiculous power with 21 XBH in 33 games.? His low strikeout numbers in the PCL are fairly aberrant among his career totals both in the big leagues and minor leagues.? In the majors, he's owned K rates between 19 and 25%, while his minor league numbers were similar to Davis, which you can see in the chart below.