PlayingWithFire wrote:Was more concerned about power dropoff than k/bb. I think it's been established that Rendon is a better pure hitter. But you kind of have to have power to have value at 3B or you are basically David Freese.
I think it's pretty safe to say every college team and almost every player suffered with their power output last year as the new (less potent) bats were introduced. The college game had to work harder to score runs by moving baserunners, stealing bases, and situational hitting as opposed to waiting for the three run homer.
Somehow scouts did not see a problem with Rendon's power entering last spring or right before the draft. The main issue was the health of his shoulder which took him out of the field more often last season. If there is a knock on Rendon it is his injury history, not his power, nor his plate discipline, or his ability to hit.
To compare him to Pedro Alvarez is actually a lazy comparison as the body types are different, their approaches at the plate are different, and their ability to make contact are much different. I suppose because they both played 3B at the same college then it must be a valid comparison. I might liken it to comparing George Brett to Alex Gordon as many did 5 years ago. It doesn't matter if it's accurate...