Originally Posted by Dan
Actually, Ks by themselves don't worry me all that much. Lots of players have high numbers of Ks, but the top players offset them by high numbers of BBs as well. (Dunn, Thome, Howard)
Also note that the players that hit 40+ HRs this year all had decent BB/K ratios:
Player HR BB K
Prince Fielder 50 90 121
Ryan Howard 47 107 199
Adam Dunn 40 101 165
Álex Rodríguez 54 95 120
Carlos Peña 46 103 142
Also Jackson only had < 40% BB/K ratio 3 times in a full season in his career. Bruce is at 37% for his (albeit rather) short career. It's something to watch out for as he progresses.
it's all a numbers argument right now. For all we know, he can only hit cripples, and if he doesn't get one then he strikes out. And that's not going to make him Mr. October.
but he clearly walks enough, clearly hits enough HRs-- and HRs REALLY increase with age. So, unless the Reds don't like something about his approach, then he shouldn't be traded.