Ender wrote:JTWood go back and watch every game he played this year and you'll notice he just looked different this year~ Everything he hit was hard and while yeah his BB were low that was really just an April blip more than anything. He walked on opening day and then had a huge stretch without one and then he had 11 BB in his last 89 PA.
His defense had also been noticeably different this year, Randolph got him to slow down a lot and his foot work was much improved.
Right. His HRs weren't flyballs that scraped the wall, they were bombs, and that's the kind of bat speed he has. His walks were climbing back up, probably because opposing pitchers were starting to respect his ability to beat them deep. And you're right, his defense was visibly improved. This is a big, big disappointment. Weeks is a personal favorite of mind, and it was exciting to see this progression. They don't have a replacement that's even remotely interesting...Counsell's been solid, but I don't truly expect it to keep up. At least the OBP and defense should be solid. Perhaps this means Gamel gets more PT, but for some reason I doubt. I think we'll be seeing a lot of Bill Hall at 3rd, Counsell at 2nd. This does nothing but hurt the Brewers.