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.
He is careless and sloppy. It is impossible to fix careless and sloppy(I think there’s also been knocks about him hustling, but I discount those.) But you cannot fix careless. The Astros got rid of him when they got good, and the Brewers got rid of him when they got good. He is a player for bad teams and each good team that wants a shortstop or second baseman is going to get a better one.