I saw an interesting little tidbit buried in Ken Rosenthal's latest column (which primarily dealt with the 130 pitches thrown by Sabathia on Monday - really? still talking about that?)
Tony Gwynn Jr. has only 10 extra-base hits in 328 at-bats at Class AAA.*
(*Actually, I just looked up the stats and it's 11 extra-base hits in 343 at-bats at Nashville. But that doesn't change the premise - the dude is slugging .316 in almost 350 at-bats in AAA.)
Wow. I think we know why he hasn't been called up when guys like Laynce Nix have been. Gwynn is not that great of a baserunner, defender, or on-base percentage guy to make up for that stunning lack of pop in his bat. Counsell slugs better than that.
So people need to stop calling for Gwynn Jr. to be the starting centerfielder next year. It's not going to happen. Gwynn hasn't shown that he's anything close to being a starting-caliber player in the major leagues. Cameron is going to be the guy next year.