Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
Like reds44 intimated earlier on, it's his swing, more specifically his long swing. We have argued this point before but to no avail. Here's the quote from an analyst on the ESPN '06 futures game blog.
Question is why do you discount that information DD? Of course I am not necc. saying the author is absolutely right but it's certainly something to be cognizant of going forward. And I must admit that his results since then have leant themselves to him having a hole and since it has only been in AA and AAA he hasn't fallen completely apart.
I will just believe it or not once I have actually seen how the opposition at the next level attack him once they have had a chance to break him down. What will he do then?
His future may depend on him fixing that hole in AAA right now. Although according to a recent interview he doesn't think he has a long swing (or a slow bat, which I had not heard before prior to the interview), we shall see.
Well, first off, one scouts opinion doesn't mean so much to me. He has moved forward a level since then and has done what? Lowered his strikeout rate and improved his line drive rate.
Joey has said in an interview that in the futures games pitchers try to throw 100 and he tries to hit home runs. I don't care too much what a 'futures game' scout thinks based on the futures game last year where Joey admittedly was trying to hit a home run.