Neato Torpedo wrote:He has a lot more speed than power, and if he was allowed to run according, he'd have over 40 SB.
Stealing bases isn't simply about speed. It's also about opportunity and judgement. He attempted 22 steals last year and got caught 9 times. That's horrible judgement.
He may improve, as he learns more about pitcher's moves and such. But, that SB rate is in line with his Cuban numbers, suggesting he's just a bad judge of the risks.
But, his attempts may also be cut down for 2 reasons. First, if that's the best he can do for a success rate, a smart manager is going to start taking more control over when he gets the green light (OK, so maybe that's irrelevant with the Sox). In addition, however, everything I've heard says he's going to bat #2. That's going to cut his SB attempts batting in front of the #3/4 hitters and behind the lead off guy.
And I'm not sure where you get the idea about power and speed. Even in Cuba he had twice as many HRs as SBs.
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