bigken117 wrote:Hunter -
Has the organization tried to get him to cut down on his K's? He's no Wood, but he's better (or worst I guess) than 1:5 AB. Does he consider that an obsatcle?
IMO, his strikeouts are well within acceptable bounds for the kind of prospect he is. Still a valid question, though.
P.S. I'm going to name my firstborn son Hunter.
With no statistical evidence to back me up, I'm going to guess that striking out more than once every 5 AB can be exposed in the big leagues when you face better pitching. I mean, Ryan Howard K'd almost once every 3 AB at the same age Pence is now, and in a lower level, so it's definitely something that can be worked on. Because like Howard, Pence keeps the average in the .300 area.
I was more looking for a reason why the Astros aren't really promoting him at the rate that I think he's deserved or earned. I too am a Pence fan, and think he's one of those guys who can come in and produce almost immediately.