Re: 2012 Bats Look Totally Different
Originally Posted by dougdirt
I think the guy to watch will be Soto. He will be the guy that I think should be the most important follow unless Chapman winds up there.
Yep. I had Soto pegged as the breakout minor leaguer for 2011 and he didn't disappoint. I think he'll be even better in 2012. .290 BA and another 30+ HR season. if that OBP can get and stay north of .340, then he'l finish the season as a Reds top 5 prospect.
Not including the Mexican or Japan leagues, Soto was 11th in HR's. Take out the AAAA types like LaHair and Jai Miller and Jorge Vasquez (The Mexican League may have cost him millions) that puts him at 8th. He did this in fewer PA's than every other player on the list, in fact he had fewr PA's than most players had AB's of the guys that hit 30+.
“I’ll just take my walk,” he said, to laughter. One reporter followed up that Hamilton might be able to score from first on a single. “If he does, that’s great. Isn’t that crazy? Think about that: I hit a single and got an RBI. Like I said, crude stat, right?”