BANDINI wrote:As a Philly fan living in Philly, I have seen this kid play quite a bit. I can tell you now hitting 40+ HRs will be no sweat for him, unless he has a horrific slump (which is always a possibility for 2nd year guys). The ball absolutely leaps off his bat. He hits HRs effortlessly, in fact most of his HRs are opposite field shots. Once he learns how to pull the ball more he will be hitting 450 foot HRs routinely. He has a Cecil Fielder type build - just huge with a nice stroke. I believe 40 HRs and 100+ RBIs will be routine for him in the coming years.
Maybe those are HRs only because they play in that bandbox over there.
His home/road HR split is 11-7, so that's not that surprising. Jeter hits plenty of opposite field HRs in to the RF short porch at Yankees Stadium too (and many a Bosox also learn to take advantage of the Green Monster although mostly for cheap doubles).
If he hasn't already learned to pull the ball, then I'd be a bit worried given how often he K's. Doesn't sound very good that he's already K-ing so much trying to hit opposite field HRs. Personally, I suspect he does indeed pull a lot more than you think/remember.
As for the Thome situation, they might be better off sticking w/ Thome and trading Howard instead. Maybe they can trade Howard to the Twins for a nice young pitcher. Howard probably fits the Twins' needs perfectly (and the fact he doesn't walk that much probably won't concern the Twins either) and vice versa w/ the Twins' wealth of pitching and the Phillies' needs w/ pitching. Also, after the trade, they should see about pushing the fences back a good 10-20 ft to help out their pitchers some. It's probably a bit demoralizing for them to see pop flies turning into HRs over there -- and I could use the help since I own Myers in my dynasty-like league.
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