I feel as though all of us Giants fans are coming down way too hard on Velez after a little over a month at the major league level.
His line right now is .223/.263/.348 which is not overly impressive
but for a guy with game changing speed, that slugging percentage isnt too bad for how much contact he is making. That slugging percentage translates to .440 if he was batting .275
But regardless, I have never been a fan of ragging on your team's players, but getting on Velez is even more stupid. Velez wasn't some prized free agent signing that hasn't lived up to his contract; in fact, if you asked anyone in the blue jays organization 3 years ago, they would tell you that he was never going to see a major league at bat.
Velez was a guy who was seemingly abandoned by his former club, and worked his ass of to become a serviceable hitter. In 2006, he was an afterthought roster filler for the Augusta Greenjackets, and what did he do? Win league MVP.
I was guilty at one point of falling falling for Eugenio-mania over the off season as many of us were. We all read the baseball america chats where he was compared to Chone Figgins, or even a poor man's Jose Reyes, and have come to expect those types of performances out of him.
I would much rather see Eugenio Velez penciled into the 8-hole, playing 2nd base than Ray Durham anyday of the week. I am not convinced that Durham is that much better a fielder, and Velez certainly has more offensive upside.
He may be the next Chone Figgins, he may not make the 25 man roster in 2 years, but he will NEVER be a bust.