baseballnewb wrote:Clark puts up the best AB's of anyone on the brewers. Seems like he always takes the count 3-2 and runs the pitchers pitch counts up. I think he could really break out and hit 300+ this year with full time play. Of course he's never played full time and I could also see him breaking down a bit under the strain of full time duty.
I agree completely. Geoff Jenkins and Russ Branyan could learn a lot from watching Clark work the count. His selectivity is the reason he posted a .385 OBP last year, which would be great for the team at the top of the order this year.
Last year, Scotty Po got 640 AB to Clark's 353. If you extrapolate Clark's numbers out to 640 AB, he would have hit about 13 HR, stolen about 27 bases, and walked 96 times to 87 strikeouts. Also, the year Podsednik posted a .380 OBP while leading off (2003), he scored 100 runs in 558 AB, meaning Clark should do about the same (with Lee filling the RBI slot that Sexson filled that year).
Obviously, extrapolation of stats is risky at best, but it's interesting to note about where he would have sat last year when thinking about this year.