Originally Posted by dougdirt
Well, he isn't a guy with zero power. He is a teenager playing the Florida State League who has 14 doubles and 4 home runs. He isn't Juan Pierre.
And doesn't just about every player rely on BABIP? If everyone posted a .200 BABIP for months at a time, everyone would look like they couldn't hit. The kid simply makes contact when he swings. He isn't going to draw walks because when he is thrown strikes, he hits them. If he turns into Juan Pierre with a little bit more power, that has some value. I think that is right up his alley.
We also know that players can control their BAPIP to some extent (agreed, not to the extend of RT over 2 months).
But when was the last time a great BAPIP guy like Votto or Holiday did that for 2 consecutive months (I hoesntly don't know). Because RT is going to need a near elite BAPIP in his career to sustain starter level offensive value due to his overall limited patience/power. I'm saying, it likely wasn't 100% luck that he was doing as poorly as he was.