Originally Posted by hebroncougar
I'm not buying that. He had 10 career minor league home runs in almost 1200 PA's. 20 career HR's in almost the same number of MLB PA's.
Good lord, it's 27 homers, not 50. I have no idea if he's clean or not, but this guy always made good contact and got on base when healthy. He doesn't look appreciably bigger. The most likely explanation is a change in approach. It's not like he was a weakling his whole life and showed up to camp ripped.
I think Ichiro could have hit 20/year a until a few years ago just by trying to.
He's a former first round pick and top prospect. Scouts are not surprised by this.