Originally Posted by redsof72
Well, I can tell you this, Means is not going to break out of it with a bunch of walks. When he was hitting .407 about 10 days ago, he was hitting rockets everywhere. He struggles mightily with breaking stuff. He can turn around any 95 mph fastball. One of the 2-3 quickest bats in the organization. When he gets a fastball in the zone and fouls it off, he is in trouble. He has to be able hit the fastball when he gets it. If he starts taking fastballs to try to get walks, he is dead in the water. When he starts to improve on hitting the breaking ball, he will cut down some on the strikeouts and prolong some at-bats and a by-product will be more walks.
They put Means in the middle of the order so he would see more breaking balls. He has been hitting third, but the last couple of days, with Garton doing so well, they have moved Means to the five hole and hopefully he will get a few more fastballs there and get out of this slump.
Walking a lot means he is seeing the ball better. A guy with his bat speed that can see the ball well will absolutely break him out of his slump. He is too aggressive at the plate. He is the anti Drew Stubbs. Stubbs needs to be more aggressive. Means needs to dial it back a notch or three. No one should look at a fastball over the plate by any means, but just because the pitcher is throwing the ball doesn't mean you need to swing at it. Right now, Means is doing a lot of that, and well, he has been doing it since the day he turned pro. He needs to tone the aggressiveness back some. With his strength and speed, I am all for trying to get him to just put the bat on the ball more at this point.