Originally Posted by Kc61
I continue to think there is too much focus on JF's walk rate and not enough focus on the frequency with which he makes solid contact hitting the ball for power. For a guy with 61 extra base hits, his K rate (21.7 percent of official at bats this year) is relatively low.
Again, the issue isn't whether he makes contact like Ichiro. The question is how often JF makes solid, hard contact resulting often in extra base hits as compared with other long ball hitters.
This is where I think he excels and I continue to think he will be a factor in major league baseball.
As GOYA says, however, I'm not sure what position he can play at the big league level. That's my concern, not his offense.
I'm not someone that gets wrapped up in walks alone. I think Doubleday put a bat in players' hands for a reason - with the purpose of swinging it. Walks are better than outs, but they're also less than hits. So I certainly don't find much disagreement here.
My take is not whether these rates would be fantastic in the majors - it's whether they will translate to the majors effectively without a better ability to draw a walk. You're absolutely right... if he continues to hit the ball hard in the majors as often as he is right now, the only issue should be his defense. But I'm not sure how well these abilities will carry over without showing he's patient enough to lay off a slider off the corner in lieu of not getting something to hit solidly.