If he does have a breakout this year, I think it is still a few months away. He is still struggling with pitches out of the zone. I know he will never lead the league or his team in walks, but he still needs to learn to not swing at the pitch 8 inches off the plate just because it is straight. He has really grown by several leaps already this year, so if that stays true, I could see him go on a mashing spree this September or late August. He has all the tools in the world, he just needs a bit more time before becoming an offensive force.
deerayfan072 wrote:who cares if he doesn't walk? The guy gets on base and drives in runs. He likes to swing and so far it has paid off. He will move up in the lineup and i think he is in for a big 2nd half.
Since when is a .308 OBP a guy who 'gets on base'?
I predict a 15-18HR, 80-90RBI, .250 - 270 AVG. It's not horrible for a rookie, on whom too much was expected. And please, we saw him explode last year with the bat incident. No explosions!