The hype surrounding the Cubs’ sure-fire, can’t-miss prospect, Starlin Castro, reminds me much of Brandon Larson.
Larson was ‘the talk‘ of minor league baseball in 2001–a sure-fire, can’t-miss prospect for the Cincinnati Reds.
In 1997 he won MVP honors during the College World Series for the LSU Tigers, then later became the Reds’ first-round draft pick (14th overall).
He climbed quickly through the minors, reaching Triple-A by 2001. The following two seasons he became an All Star of the International League batting .340 in 2002 and .323 in 2003, a season in which the Reds tabbed Larson as their Minor League Player of the Year.
All this proved little, however, at the big league level with Cincinnati. In parts of four seasons Larson never lived up to the hype. Playing in just 109 games he collectively batted .179 with 8 HR and 37 RBI.