kab21 wrote:Has he changed his approach at the plate to make more contact?
in the minors he was a 20-ish % K rate hitter
2009 - 16%
2010 - 10% - albeit tiny sample
Because I was going to say that he wasn't going to hit for average based on his minors K rate (kind of like Michael Bourn who is so far defying the BAPIP gods). But even if he ends up with a K rate near his '09 season he should have a decent average (and a good average if can manage a 10-13% K rate).
His .340 BABIP is bolstering that average a touch right now. I know fast players tend to lean towards higher BABIPs, but he was only at a .311 clip last season. Seeing a rise in BB% and a fall in K% is a nice thing in the early going for his owners, though. Even when he bats 9th in that lineup he's got Jeter on deck behind him, so he's going to see pitches to hit. The guy scored 48 Runs in 248 AB a season ago and has already scored 12 times this year. If he's able to chip into Thames' ABs and get some starts here and there against lesser LHP, he'll be an elite source of speed (maybe even the MLB SB leader), with a decent to plus average and a solid contributor in Runs. Throw 30 - 40 RBI in there and you've got a fantastic option in the OF given what you paid for him.