Some of this season's bright spots are obvious- Mez and Cueto, Chapman with 100 k's in 51 innings for instance. Other signs of hope are less obvious but maybe if you have noticed something it can come here.
I will throw up Billy Hamilton and pitch counts.
On the season Billy has average 3.79 pitches per plate appearance. Before the all star break he saw 3.68 p/pa but after the break it has been 3.94 after having seen 4.12 p/pa in Aug and 4.00 p/pa in September coming into tonight. He actually saw the most p/pa in June when he had his best month by far at the plate but regressed in July. NL average is 3.81 p/pa.
His walk rate while still not good has improved from .047 before the break to .068 afterwards. On the season he sits at .056 which is 51st out of 65 qualified hitters. But his second half rate would move him up to 39 if he stayed at that level. Not great but a start. http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/batting...pe/sabermetric
He still has less than 3/4 the walks that Votto had on his brief season but if he can continue to improve his patience and draw more walks it will improve the chances for him to get on base enough to stay at the top of the lineup and be effective enough to justify it.