Originally Posted by Jamz
Maybe discipline was the wrong word -- approach perhaps? He doesn't walk a whole lot (not that Cozart does either.)
You don't need to walk a whole lot to be successful or even valuable. You just can't also strike out a bunch either. Cozart is striking out 19.6% of the time he steps to the plate this season. That won't work if you aren't hitting for a lot of power or also drawing a decent amount of walks.
Let's just say that Gregorius walks between 6-7% of the time and strikes out 12-14% of the time and hits 10 home runs in a season. Here are the players who have averaged that (I went with 1 HR for every 60 PA) from 2009-Today and their slash line over that time:
Name AVG OBP SLG
Aaron Hill .245 .304 .407
Michael Young .301 .342 .433
Melky Cabrera .303 .347 .449
Kurt Suzuki .234 .291 .354
BrandonPhillips .290 .342 .446
Martin Prado .289 .337 .425
Young, Cabrera and Prado are all in that 50-55 PA's per HR range.
There is a bit of range in the outcomes there as Hill and Suzuki are on the low end, while the other guys are are bunched together for the most part. But it demonstrates that the range of things Didi does certainly can work into an offensive player of value.