Originally Posted by brwnman
and hitting. Getting on base. I suppose Kelly Johnson should be better, so should Rasmus. But we don't get on base a lot. Without Bautista, Yunel and Lawrie, I don't think there is a guy that you can confidently say can get on base 35% of the time. Lawrie is still a rookie of sorts; this will be his first full year...
agree OBP is a concern for this team.
Last year Bautista, Lawrie, Escobar and Johnson (while in TO) were above 350 and encarnacion was close and in fact had an OBP of 361 when he was dh.
So that is 5/9.
Rasmus was at 360 in his good year in ST.Louis so there is hope he will get there again. Lind has been as high as 370 though it doesn't look likely he will return to that level.
Arencibia was at 360 his last year in vegas, but I would be surprised if he gets much over 300.
Thames averaged an OBP of 385 over his 3 seasons in the minors (including 420 his last season) and was never under 350 so there is hope there.
I think the main thing is the approach of the organization. We went from being primarily concerned with OBP in the early JP years, to complete disregard in favour of the long ball. It will be interesting to see the offensive game plan in the second year of the farrell. Personally I prefer a patient approach. My favourite Jays team was when we had Olerud, Molitor and Alomar.