i don't think he is going to show the 'power' numbers he did last year. But he is going to improve. Besides that he is the only lead off guy in the league with a deep enough lineup, that he will have plently of RBI chances, bot to mention how many times the guys behind him are going to let him cross the plate.
I hate the Yankees, but if there is one thing they have shown, you can buy a winning team for $150 mill a year.
Soriano definitly has the skill to go freeswinging and put up good average, but when I look at a player, I look at the probability of success. and to me, he only done it for one year, Vlad's been consistent for what, six years or so. Repeating # he put up last season is a tall order.
stevelabny wrote:of course he will repeat those numbers or close or better.
why? HES GOOD
vlad doesnt have any plate discipline either.
the whole NEW GENERATION of hitters has no plate discipline, looking at hitters that way is a fantasy trend of the PAST.
the new guys are soooo good that they can hit anything, and they know it, so they swing at anything.
Hold the phone a minute there. Vlad does have plate discipline. You don't call a 417 oba very good? 84 walks to 70 strikeouts. It doesnt get much better. Vlads career oba is 386, which is good, and as a comparision, better then Ichiros. Lets see, this new generation has hitters like Pujols/Vlad/Berkman/Manny/Bonds/Giambi? You say looking at plate discipline is a FANTASY trend now outdated? One, its a major analytical tool used by scouts in REAL BB, so it has its value in fantasy as well to help forecast. Swinging at anything might work in little league, but in mlb, very few guys have had success using that approach. Pitchers are simply going to not throw Soriano any strikes, forcing him to develop his eye and walk, or watch his avg and oba decline. Sorianos not a fluke. You dont go 39/41 with luck or career year. His wrists are lightning quick. At 25, hes got time to limit his pitch selection. Sosa never started walking to he was 29.
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