I think the real question is how much will Mountcastle’s lack of plate discipline limit his upside. There’s little doubt in my mind he can hit well enough to play in the big leagues. But will his bat look like career Adam Jones (.277/.318/.434) or like 2019 Trey Mancini (.277/.346/.535)? When you have a Mancini-like set of defensive skills, you hope it’s the latter offensively.
I don’t think he’s careless. He’s aggressive, but he does have that “cool” attitude that whenever a guy makes a mistake, people will point that out. SS is kind of a stretch for him. We’re a last place team, they’ve asked him to be aggressive on the bases.
People say the homer/strikeout stuff is boring. Then we get a guy that puts pressure on defense and he’s careless. Can’t have it both ways. The station to station stuff is lame, and really for good teams only. Why stand at a base when Davis, Martin, etc..., are coming up behind you?
I’ll take the 35+ steals he’s on pace for.