I am not a huge Daric Barton fan, but when I look back 20 years I made a similar mistake when I first saw Edgar Martinez break in w/ the M's(late 80's/early 90's). Yes...I was a Kingdome regular and "Lefebvre Believer".
Edgar had the most awkward stance (hands extended straight back) and for an older prospect, I thought he should have been doing more...27 years old during first full season.
Given that Barton seems a lock to get significant playing time, I thought I would reach out for hope, by comparing their first few years
First 236 games for Gar(ages 24 to 27):
ab=733, h=290, 2b=43, hr=13, rbi=79, bb=97, k=100, avg=290
First 212 games(all of them) for Barton (22-24)ages :
ab=678, h=169, 2b=38, hr=16, rbi=79, bb=101, k=135, avg=249
Overall they seem pretty close.....give Gar advantage on avg and K's and Barton edge on age.
We wont discuss speed here...
Here's hoping Barton starts hitting!!!!