Post by brendan98 on Aug 1, 2017 13:33:17 GMT -5
So while I wouldn’t categorize anything you’ve said here as wrong, I will play Devil’s Advocate and explain why I don’t necessarily agree. You talk about Benintendi’s “super advanced approach” and reference high walk rates, and also mention that Benintendi has a plus hit tool and makes tons of contact, while Chavis doesn’t fit that profile.
Well, I agree with all of that, but I will argue with you that Benintendi and Chavis are different hitters, and what demonstrates an advanced approach for Benintendi isn’t necessarily what you look for in an advanced approach from Chavis. If I’m Michael Chavis, or better yet Chavis’ hitting coach, I’m not jacked about drawing a walk, yes I want to take a walk if the pitcher isn’t willing to give me something to hit, but my game is about hitting for power, XBH’s, and my approach should reflect that, I want to approach an at bat in a way that gets me a pitch I can drive, if I’ve done that 2 or 3 times in a game, I like my chances of getting a couple XBH’s and knocking in guys that are on base. To me, what demonstrates a good approach by Chavis isn’t walk rate but rather SLG% and K rate. Chavis SLG% speaks for itself, and his K rate is hovering around 20% over 2 levels, higher than a guy like Benintendi, but power guys in general strikeout more because they are less about contact and more about power. Take Benintendi and Chavis in the same at bat, they both work a 3-1 count, who is more likely to take a pitch in that situation? Chavis is looking to hit a ball to the fence, or over it, he has gotten to a hitters count and he is looking for something he can drive, I’m not going to say Benintendi isn’t looking to hit in that situation, but he is definitely more willing to take a pitch there and see if he can draw a walk.