Originally Posted by smixsell
My whole thrust is that if BP make the adjustments to his approach at the plate which I beleive he is CAPABLE of making, he will be a fantastic #2 man. That's why I would place him there and encourage him to make the appropriate adjustments to his hitting approach. If he can't or won't make the proper adjustments, then on to plan B.
No, he isn't. If he were capable of making said adjustment, he would have by now. He wouldn't top out at 46 walks as his career high. BP is what he is, and at 31, I don't envision any massive uptick in his patience at the plate. I like this team's offense, but it isn't like Phillips has played on too many bad teams offensively as a Red. so, the batting in front of or behind argument doesn't hold a ton of water for me. He's a hacker, with some pop and a great glove. But at the plate? He's not progressing. And that's ok. He's still well above average for his position.