Originally Posted by Patrick Bateman
You have to be going out of your way to misinterpret my posts at this point.
If Eaton is an exception and can get on base 36-37% of the time he'll likely be an asset. However, it is very difficult to do that consistently without being able to be a decent power threat. Considering he plays in LF, he's going to need to get on base a bunch to be very useful, and that transition can be very difficult to the majors.
Just because my post was right after yours doesn't mean I was responding to you. If I was responding to you, I would have quoted you.
I was responding to the thread. As I am now.
H-Rod has the same problem. All he does is hit and get on base, but because he doesn't have much power, some if not many people dismiss him. My feeling is we need more .300+ hitters with good OBP's rather than .240 hitters with decent but not league leading power.
Hal Morris wasn't a home run hitter. But he was on base alot. And he played a traditionally power oriented position.
I'm just tired of having to win by the long ball all of the time. I'd like to see more guys on base wreaking havoc.
I'd love to see a few H-Rod's and Adam Eaton's in the lineup, if they could carry their minor league career good hitting to the majors. Maybe they're not the exact answer, but we need more major leaguers with numbers like their minor league careers so far.