Mayora is one player who I think we here at Purple Row glaringly neglected ourselves from the PuRPs list, and now to add insult to injury, he's been robbed from what I feel should be his rightful spot as this season's best shortstop at the Short-Season level of play by Baseball America. They chose Detroit Tigers prospect, Scott Sizemore. Here are the particulars of these two players:
Sizemore .327/.394/.435, 15 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 49 R, 37 RBI, 32/47 BB/K, 7/5 SB/CS
Mayora .304/.375/.442, 19 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 40 R, 30 RBI, 23/70 BB/K, 8/4 SB/CS
Alright. So you say, "but Rox Girl, those stats are very similar, it could go either way" To which I say, oops, one more set of stats I forgot:
Oneonta 1.35 R, 1.16 H, 1.34 2B, 1.54 HR, 0.99 BB, 0.67 K
Tri-City 0.73 R, 0.85 H, 0.77 2B, 0.43 HR, 1.04 BB, 1.44 K
Those are the respective 2006 park factors for these two players' home stadiums. Those are some huge discrepancies that skewed Mayora's stats about 25% lower than what he actually did, while Sizemore benefitted from at least the same kind of bump in his performance. That kind of swing makes it clear to me, at least, that Mayora was the superior shortstop in the the short season leagues this season, despite what BA says. Add in that Mayora's six months younger and hopefully you begin to see why I think we ourselves did him a disservice in our PuRPs poll.
Hopefully in the winter we rectify that situation.