Ballwreckers wrote:Two straight 100 RBI seasons, has batted around .290-300 in his first two seasons and this season he has hit the amount of homers he was originaly projected to make when he first came up.I think people are a little skeptic with the Japanese imports as far how they adapt to American baseball, but I think Hideki and Ichiro have proven they make it and be a big contribution to their team. I don't really see much improving from this season, but I don't really see these #'s to really decline as long he stays a Yankee and the lineup he is in. I wouldn't mind picking up a 4 tool OF in the 6th-8th round if you ask me. Anything later is a steal.
I spent a month in Japan during the summer of 2002 and I got to see a few Matsui games. I was impressed by his power. He's seemed to have changed his approach here in America. He definitey had the ability to hit 40 HRs in the majors. Hopefully, he'll go back to his "Japanese" swing.