Originally Posted by TRF
11 walks in 308 AB's. sorry, but that does not warrant promotion to AA in my book. I don't care too much about the power, though a SLG of about .420 would be nice. But 11 BB's is awful, I don't care what the level is.
He's 21 right now. Let him start at High A and promote him mid season if he's got his OBP over .350.
Except he had an OBP over .350 last year at the same level and now you want him to do it again?
Not every player gets on base via the walk. Some guys just hit. There are more than 1 way to get things done. If a guy is hitting .318 then getting 20 walks over a full season is alright for a light hitting position.
I will say though that I am really glad you aren't running the farm system. You don't have a clue why he isn't walking. You don't watch the games. Maybe the guy doesn't walk because he doesn't get many balls thrown to him. He struck out 21 times in 300 at bats last year. So its obvious he doesn't have a strikezone judgment problem. Sure, if he hit .318, walked 11 times and struck out 90 times, then I would have a reason for going maybe we should hold him back.... but he hit .318, walked 11 times and struck out 21 times in over 300 at bats. Its not a strikezone command issue, its a he hits strikes when they are thrown to him. Thats not something you hold someone back for.