It is not unusual for baseball writers and baseball people to compare top prospects to current or future Hall-of-Famers. Before Evan Longoria ever played a major league game, people were comparing him to Mike Schmidt. But what is unusual is for people to continue to make those comparisons after that prospect has played a year in the big leagues.
And in this case Buster Olney says Dirtbag may even be better than Schmidt, at least defensively. And for those that don’t remember, Schmidt was one of the best ever defensively at third base, winner of 10 Gold Gloves.
One area where there is already separation between Longoria and Schmidt is offensively. Longoria hit .272-27-85 as a rookie. In 1973, Schmidt hit .196-18-52.
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