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What's up with Elvis?

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The Atlanta Braves have been full of under performers this year and the same can be said with some of the prospects. One of the most disappointing performances so far has come from 18-year old shortstop Elvis Andrus, who is hitting only .232/.319/.326 in over 250 at bats. What is going on with the Braves future at short? Andrus was a very highly touted prospect when he signed with the Braves out of Venezuela. His raw tools, instincts, and body type made him one of the more sought after international free agents. He burst onto the pro scene, hitting .296 as a 16-year old in his pro debut with the GCL Braves. Then as a 17-year old he held his own as Rome's starting shortstop. Quickly the comparisons started coming in from Miguel Tejada to Edgar Renteria. No one really knew what kind of player he would end up as but with great instincts, power potential, speed, and defensive tools, scouts knew he would be good. Andrus is hitting in a hitter's nightmare. Myrtle Beach is known to drastically favor pitchers and his numbers have more than shown that so far this season. Look at his splits and you'll see that his line at home is .159/.241/.230, while he is hitting .298/.387/.411 away from Myrtle Beach. Should his numbers be so drastically different? No, but he is obviously capable of more than his season performance suggests. I don't think he'll ever have the power of Tejada like some scouts thought and he'll never be a 40+ stolen base guy. He looks like a Renteria clone to me, which is perfectly fine. I have gotten a lot of questions or concerns about how he is hitting but let's look at it this way. He has between four and five years to go in the minors to refine his ability. Ample time from him to develop into a major league ready product.

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