The Floor: A journeyman bench MI
Yeah, yeah. I'm starting off with an idea instead of a person, but I think this is a more important description of it. Pick whatever guy comes to mind for you, but this could likely be his floor. Sure, anyone could flame out and never make it, but that's a boring floor.
With his hit tool and athletic makeup, I think he's going to find his way into the bigs no matter what. Unfortunately, that might be as someone who sits on the back end of a bench, never able to figure it out enough, but always showing just enough to be your BN infielder, getting 150-200 ABs a season, hitting .240, but the power and speed just don't translate and emerge as he matures.
Still, the bat plays enough, and he has a decent little career that lasts 10-12 years or so, bouncing around the bigs on short deals. Not quite like Chris Taylor or Brad Miller, but I think you get the idea. He shows out for a bit, gets a decent little deal, but then flames out a bit and goes back to being a bench guy that holds the description of "yeah, but we know he can do it, he just NEEDS to".
I don't like talking floors, cause it makes it sound like you are saying someone will fail. While we are still learning more about Emerson, he seems like a great pick for the Mariners at 22. Let's get to the more fun comps, and see some more productive/exciting comps.