chipper wrote:He's a mediocre hitter who doesn't have a leadoff mentality at the plate.
Maybe I'm mistaken, but I'm pretty sure he's been leading off for most if not all of his career. Combine that with the fact he batted 2nd for a good portion of the year and the problem doesn't look like a lack of leadoff mentality. I know he isn't the best hitter but still he's hit double digit homers each of the past 4 years with 25+ steals to go along with it. That's all im asking for.
Just because he hits leadoff..... does not mean he has the correct approach and mentality to be a good leadoff guy.
I've been a lifelong Braves fan, and I can't tell you how many times he would go up hacking at the first pitch, and/or taking a rip the size a 3-4 hitter would. I just don't think he has the optimal mentality and approach to be a top leadoff guy (which is what most people are expecting when they draft him).