Originally Posted by dougdirt
Guys that don't walk don't have a problem because they don't walk. They tend to have problems because they strike out too much. If a guy walks 20 times a year, but strikes out 90 times, its a problem. If a guy walks 20 times a year but only strikes out 30 times, it isn't likely to be a problem (as his average will very likely be high, thus making his OBP acceptable.
I think that his being 5'10 and 150 pounds is leading to guys throwing him plenty of strikes thinking he can't hurt them. Of course, he also leads the system in XBH's, so it will be interesting to follow along the season to watch his K/BB.
Last season in the Midwest League, the lowest strikeout rate for anyone with over 100 PA was 6.7% (K/PA).Right now, Rodriguez is under 2%. It is early, but he could be one of those guys that puts up a very strange and unique statline when the season is up.
That's all true and makes sense...but as you know, he's not going to continue to get great pitches to hit at each stop...he's going to get to bad ones. Will he be able to lay off those?