Ehhh, I don’t really buy that. You always need the skill of better plate discipline.
Now, I get what you are saying but I think there have been a lot of great hitters come through the minors that “didn’t need to develop it” but they did anyway.
I think the hope for Mountcastle is that he can be what Mancini was in 2019.
I stated earlier that I would be surprised if Mountcastle ever had an OBp over 350. Well, I would have said the same thing about Mancini yet he did it in 2019. Now, we will see if he can sustain that or not but Mancini had a big offensive year and as a result, pitchers were likely more careful with him and he accepted the walks.
Mancini has never been a good walk guy but he was also never a wild swinger either, ala a guy like Jones. Mountcastle to me, is the same as Mancini in that regards. I think he has a good hit tool and not some awful approach at the plate. I still don’t think he will ever do enough in terms of OBP(at least to make him an elite hitter) but if he adds more and more power and continues to have a solid approach, he certainly could have a year like Mancini did in 2019. The question is, can he do that for multiple years or just once?
The payroll will be closer to 60M. And yes, I’m perfectly fine assuming a team that is worth a few billion and brings in a big revenue stream from their RSN and national and TV radio deals can find another 20-40M to spend on this team to make it better.
You can choose to disagree with that but to me, that goes back to what I said before. They have fed the fan base this rebuild stuff for so long that people are just buying into it. Rebuilding was needed for this team. They needed to do it. That’s not up for debate imo. But they have done it. They have collected more talent, gotten cheap, not blocked players, etc...now it’s time to start to try and win.
They brought in 35 million it gate receipts in 2019. If I'm doing my math right, exactly 0 in gate receipts last year. We can't ignore that the pandemic did damage.
In 2021, they've got 41.5 million in player salary on the books. If you want to assume they can double it, sure, be my guest.