Originally Posted by DirtySox
Legitimately curious, what is the problem with his swing? I vaguely remember reading about some problems with it, but they escape me.
Its just a complete project. He keeps his elbows high with causes him to be under balls when he swings. He had, for lack of a better term, a good Collegiate Swing. A swing that took advantage of things a metal bat did that a wood didn't. Balls that get through on a metal bat would be ground outs/flair outs. He also, for a guy as big as he is, has a good amount of RAW power but no idea how to square a pitch up. He is built like a cleanup hitter with the skillset of a leadoff man right now. His value is to take his game to the next level. Utilize a great eye and his natural strength to develop power WITHOUT losing the ability to hit for average. However, despite his ability to hit for average at the collegiate level, MANY people project him to be a Mike Cameron Player, .250 average with good power, good speed, great D, average arm and knows how to get himself on base. That is what makes him so hard to project without rebuilding him. Very seldom does a kid who hit .325 in the SEC project to be a low average mlb hitter. Every name from Cameron to Crawford has been used.