Interesting article... but I'm not sure how they reached the conclusion based on the data provided.
The sample of hitters who saw the most pitches per AB (the Giambis) had a composite .270 BA, while the sample that saw the fewest pitches per AB (the Simons) had a .274 BA.
Somehow, that was used to make the argument that those in the first group would see a higher BA. The data seems to support the prediction that they'll walk more, hit more HRs, and score more runs... but *not* necessarily raise the BA.
(Which is not to say that guys like Abreu and Burrell *won't* raise their BA... it's just that based on the data presented, the average number of pitches a player sees per AB is not a particularly good indicator of a player's BA.)
Thanks for posting the link, though, bleach. I'm a total stats geek, so stuff that gets me thinking differently about evaluating players is always appreciated.
Everything you know is wrong.