Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
Take a look at how much progress Upton has shown since the point in time at which you are isolating his performance. What I am saying is this -- I like Stanton's approach -- and I don't use this term the same way you do (check my my first post on this) -- to allow him to get better pretty quickly. My guess is that his trajectory in seasons 2 and 3 will outstrip Upton's and eventually catapault him into being one of the best players in the league.
I guess I would ask, where you see that coming from? His minor league time showed that he is very likely to strike out at a very high rate. I am a scouting guy as well, but when it comes to strikeouts, guys typically don't make large strides in the rate in which they strike out. Right now, if Stanton cut off 5%, a substantial cut, he is still considered poor in terms of making contact with pitches he swings at.
My question would be to you, if Upton understands the strikezone better than Stanton does, what makes you believe that Stanton is going to improve upon his approach and lead to better numbers than Upton has been able to do thus far? In the minors, Upton had far superior K and BB rates than Stanton did. He did so in the majors at the same age as well and in the majors we even know how often he was chasing 'bad' pitches and Stanton is doing it at a substantially higher rate too.