Originally Posted by dougdirt
I don't know that his skillset does suggest he will walk more. .
I think Billy's high walk rate in the minors shows that he has a good grasp of the strikezone.
IF he can consistently hit major league pitching (no obvious holes in his swing that can be consistently exploited), I'd expect him to get a decent number of walks at the major league level, although not as many walks as someone like Votto.
There's some minor leaguers (like Anderson Machado) that have a good walk rate in the minors, but can't hit major league pitching.. these guys don't walk much in the majors, because they are an easy out.
At least that's my theory.
Hopefully Billy can handle major league pitching.
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