Baddoo hasn't been swinging and missing as much as you might think.He is an extreme example of the approach that prefers going as deep as possible in the count...looking for specific pitches/mistakes.Results in a high rate of walks, and also strike-outs that may only involve one swinging strike, if that.His OBP is basically 400.So, lets not mess with him radically right now.I think as he continues to progress...basically learns where/when more aggressiveness pays off...we could have a good one with him.
And then there's Rooker.While I don't think 23 is young for a AA player that's supposed to be considered a real prospect, I do think it's a huge adjustment to be hitting with the real bat against AA prospects only 11 months removed from SEC play.But forget the strike-outs and (lack of) walks...he's only hit 1 home run in his first 100 plate appearances.That seems really weird.
I'm worried about Rooker, but the sample size is small and I'm not sure he's been quite as bad as the numbers appear--he was 0-11 with 7 K's his first 3 games, but has been marginally better since then.He's realistically within a couple week hot streak away of salvaging a respectable season.
In those 31 games his slash is .240/.280/.670 and his strikeout to walk ratio is 33/6 K/BB.A strikeout a game is a little on the high side, but it feels a lot better than 40 in 34.Further, a 162 game pace for those 31 games would give him a game production projection of about 65 runs - 37 2B - 5 3B - 16 HR - 65 rbi.
I'm most concerned about the drop in walk rate, I doubt the power is gone and he's hitting a decent number of extra base hits, but I'm not sure where the approach went.Hopefully he has a big second half.
I like Badoo's approach, I'm generally a fan of that kind of approach.I think there's value in making pitchers work, getting them deep into counts, and getting more opportunities for a mistake instead of swinging at a pitch that isn't the pitch you're looking for when you've got strikes to play with.High strikeout totals can be worrying, but context matters--if the strikeout totals are a result of going deep into counts and he strikes out after 5-6-7 pitches I'm fine with that.More often than not those kind of ABs are leading to a walk, a hitter's pitch to hit, and there's value to making a pitcher throw a lot of pitchers both for your own ability to hit a pitcher, but also for your teammates. So, not all strikeouts are created equal.
I'm wondering where the extra base hit power has gone.For a guy that young and raw I'm not expecting a ton of home runs even if the projection is there to add some as he matures, but it would be nice to see him barrelling more balls and putting them in the gaps.After having 19 2Bs, 5 3Bs, and 4 HRs in just 53 games at Rookie Ball...there's some more there.
He's getting on base a ton 22.6% walk rate and scoring almost a run per game and on pace to steal 40+ bases.Crazy that almost 54% of his plate appearances right now are ending in a strikeout or a walk.I'm sure that will normalize somewhere less to the extremes on both cases, but he's now drawn 82 walks in 118 games (16.6 BB%)--the eye is there.I don't think you can coach a guy out of that really if he likes to take pitches and work counts.
Cool player. Excited to see what happens.