Now that most of us have witnessed Adam Dunn's new hitting approach (i.e. going back to what made him a superstar prospect), read about it, or heard about it from the announcers, what are your feelings on Adam Dunn now? Do you think he will turn into the player we all thought he would be when he first arrived (perennial 1.000+ OPS guy) or will he still be the same Adam Dunn (still a great hitter).
My opinion is as follows: It's only a small sample size but he definitely looks like a different Adam Dunn than we have seen over the last three or four years. He's dropped weight. He's hitting the ball to the opposite field like he did in the minors, and he seems like he had a plan on every pitch now. The last few years he's been pull happy thanks to some bad advice given to him, but now he is simply hitting the ball where its pitched. He looks great. I made a comment in the game thread today that I thought he was poised for a MVP type season and I fully believe that. There's no doubt he has the talent to do it.
If he continues to use the whole field as he is this spring then expect a solid boost in batting average. I would say somewhere in the .280 area, give or take a few points. You know Dunn will get his yearly 110-120 walks which boosts the OBP well over .400. Dunn is also in much better shape this season, which should help him stay fresh toward the end of the season and eliminate those awful end of the season slumps he went through the last two seasons. With that said, here is my 2007 prediction for Adam Dunn:
.275-.280 BA/.415 OBP/.610 SLG
54 homeruns and 130 walks - both Reds franchise records