Originally Posted by M2
I've got some concerns about Bakersfield. One is that you can get away with some bad hitting habits in the Cali League that can come back to haunt you when you move to more normal leagues.
The other is the cohort that's moving to Bakersfield isn't terribly inspiring. Maybe Waldrop, Silva, Perez and Wright will take leaps forward. Yet are pitchers might be able to feed Rodriguez a steady diet of garbage because the rest of the Bakersfield team isn't much of a threat.
I am not sure other guys feeding him garbage isn't good for him. His pitch selection is the reason he hasn't really hit much the past few years. The guy has the hit tool and the power tool to be a real difference maker, but he hasn't had it play that way because it is tough to do much with bad pitches. Of course, you could always see that work against you as you get impatient of seeing nothing and start swinging at everything again.
With that said, while it is just ST and I know better to not pay attention to ST stats, there is always a case where something may show up that says "change in skillset", particularly with young players. While Rodriguez doesn't have enough time to say one way or the other, especially with guys early in spring still searching for their control, his walks caught my eye. Last season he never walked more than 3 times in any given weeks worth of games (rolling 7 game stretches - I checked). He did that this spring, against much better competition than he faced last year. At the very least, it is worth keeping an eye on.