I’m starting to get worried about this guy (I panicked and picked him around 100) and the crowded lineup he is in. I didn’t realize just how crowded this roster is. Where do we expect him to bat?
I’m also trying to make sense of his stats and whether he can maintain similar numbers to last year. His plate discipline numbers don’t look great, he misses the ball a lot and isn’t making high zone contact but he is able to lay off pitches outside the zone to get lots of walks. Can he maintain a high average with his high K numbers?
His home run numbers seem a bit flukey to me. The majority of his HR are to centre and opposite field. This is because he mainly seems to be trying to hit hard line drives (his line drive rate has been consistently high for a few years now) and he isn’t trying to pull the ball a lot or selling out for homers. It shows he has power but if he isn’t pulling the ball enough or hitting a ton of fly balls, can he maintain or exceed 30HR?
His hard and soft hit numbers are nice, hard hit is just below 40% and the soft hit is only 11.7%. I feel like if he’s hitting the ball hard and maintaining line drives them he’s going to be more of a high average guy but the Ks say otherwise. Can someone help me figure this guy out?