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17 minutes ago, weams said:

On base machine. Joey Votto. 

Well, I don’t think that’s likely.   Right now his walk rate is 8.4%, which is high compared to his MiL rate of 4.6% but a little below major league average of 9.2%.     Honestly, given his MiL track record, I’d be pretty happy if he was able to sustain that 8.4% rate he’s at now.   Votto, meanwhile, has a career walk rate of 16.0%.    

That said, Mountcastle’s overall slash line at 23 (.333/.389/.504) compares pretty well to Votto’s (.321/.360/.548).   But although Votto didn’t walk much in that first season (in which he played 24 games), his MiL walk rate of 13.4% foretold that he’d walk a lot in the majors.     

In short, I think Mountcastle will be a very good major league hitter, but I doubt he’ll be as good as Votto, and I certainly don’t expect him to put up OBP numbers like Votto.  

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