dannyolbb wrote:As a 24 year old, he played 55 games in triple A - in the PCL, a hitters paradise. He hit 3 home runs. In his minor league career, he averaged one homer per 33 at bats, even though he was always a little old for his level. His double rate, granted, was somewhat higher at 1 per 12.4 at bats.
He excelled, of course, in taking walks and choosing his pitches. A career .405 minor league OBP is nothing to sneeze at. So, as I said, he was never that well regarded as a minor leaguer, especially given his position and the glut of powerful 1b in MLB when he was coming up. He just didn't rank.
However, once he made it to the bigs, he immediately bumped his hr/ab ratio up to 1 per 26.8. Then to 1 per 25.95. Then to 1 per 20.81. Then to 1 per 17.42. Then to 1 per 11.86. Then to.. Oh, you get the picture. I think you can see that he had quite a power spike once he hit the major leagues. And once he started steroids, in my opinion. Now that he's clean? I'll avoid him like a Yankee fan with the plague.
Power sometimes comes later on. Nomar, Edmonds, Bagwell hit with no power in minors, yet became good power guys. The key to hitting is waiting for a ball to drive. Giambis great eye helps him do this.