The Artful Dodger wrote:NYMetsIn2k4 wrote:The Artful Dodger wrote:Personally, I've found it difficult to pull the trigger on drafting David Wright in two drafts. If it's all a matter of him changing his mechanics again, then I trust '09 was an anomaly. There's a sneaky aura of Jeff Francoeur circa 2008 in that David Wright's guns thread.
I agree with the poster above, Frenchy was never a superstar, he was just a free swinger with some talent. Wright is an absolute superstar who had 1 bad season and it was an anomally. I dont have Wright on any teams yet but as a baseball fan, im POSITIVE he will bounceback to atleast 20+ HR, if not continue to progress and hit 30+. Obviously, youre gonna view me as a 'homer' which i can understand but Wright is a standup ball player, he trains extra extra hard and really devotes himself to the game. Hes not a lazy shit like Andruw Jones, whos fallen off the map due to his laziness. Wright works too hard and hes too talented to not bounceback this season! BOOK IT!!!
I was being facetious with the Francoeur comment.
Again, like I said, if his weird 2009 was due to his concentration on hitting for line drives and that only (something that can be fixed), I'd be more confident in Wright bouncing back. However, he fared worse away from Citi Field, his BABIP was really quite high for a hitter that wasn't making great contact as frequently as hoped, and his K rate had shot up at the expense of his contact rate. Granted, the latter part may have been attributed to the lack of lineup protection (no Reyes, Delgado, or Beltran at one time or another), and I think he'll rebound too. Taking into account these factors, there has to be some doubt as to how much he'll rebound because it wasn't all necessarily a case of bad luck as to how and why he fell off the way he did from his usual production.
Im well aware that Wright struggled on the road as much/if not worse than he did at home but I just think his entire approach at the plate lastyr was off, for whatever reason. Im still very confident that he will rebound this season back to his usual 30 hr 100 rbi form. His work ethic is far too great for me to write him off after 1 bad season. As you stated Artful, he didnt have protection lastyr either and this season hes got his table setter back and his protection is there so hell def see better pitches to hit.