Originally Posted by TRF
This power he is displaying does not show he has power as a hitter. It means he is on a hot streak. I don't see the doubles (7HR to 2 doubles is an odd ratio) I don't see the skill on the basepaths. I see the speed, just not the SB prowess.
See, pitchers at every, EVERY level figured Stubbs out. It's possible that veteran MLB pitchers have too little respect for him. And he's done a decent job of jerking one out, but it doesn't pass the sniff test that AA/AAA/AFL pitchers OWNED him while MLB pitchers are getting a neck strain.
One of these seasons is not like the others.
That said, his progression as a hitter could have continued under Jacoby. After all look at how many other Reds hitters have thrived under him.
I understand your skepticism. His minor league numbers don't show much power. It's funny you mention his lack of doubles because my thinking is that his HRs will drop off but his doubles/triples will increase.
He has the skills to hit for power if not the numbers. Guys like Pete Rose and Ichiro have power skills but not the power numbers. At this point that's all I'm looking at.