Originally Posted by Kc61
Strikeouts count, but you expect more from a power hitter. A slap hitter can fan 100 times and it's a disaster. A power man fans 100 times and it is modest by today's standards.
I don't believe JF has a strikeout problem at all. And I disagree with all the talk about K/BB ratios. I think Ks and BBs are important -- but independent of each other.
JF has no strikeout problem for a hitter of his type. He does have a walk problem. He needs to walk more. I saw signs late in the season that he can overcome that.
Except you are incorrect that his walk rate is a problem. Its only a problem because of his strikeouts. If he struck out 10% of the time, his 4% walk rate would be fine. Likewise, his 20% strikeout rate isn't a problem by itself, because if he had a 7%+ walk rate he could be just fine. His 20% strikeout rate is a problem because of his 4% walk rate. Guys simply can't get on base enough with such a discrepancy between the two rates. Alone they aren't problems. together though, they are because they make it too difficult for a player to post a .330 OBP, much less something higher.