Another guy with average (more likely, below average) stuff.
The fastball isn't fast. Velocity isn't the only thing that matters but it doesn't have a lot of movement and he hadn't been able to locate it well. Changeup, as brother Frobicito noted, didn't have enough difference in velocity to make a big enough of a difference.
Curve/slider was average, looking, too. Just nothing special across the board.
When he puts ball in play it results in doubles and homers. I think he will be putting the ball in play consistently over the next two months. He's hit at all levels and I believe he will continue to hit.
I don’t know why you’d say it’s safe to say Mountcastle will beat .799. Players have their ups and downs and there’s no telling where Mountcastle will land. He’d need to put up almost an .850 OPS the rest of the way to end up over .799 on the year. I’m not saying he can’t do it, but I sure wouldn’t say it’s “safe” that he will.
To my point,Nick had an .860 OPS at the end of August of his rookie year, had been scorching hot for 2.5 months (1.140 OPS in August) and then OPS’d .599 in September/October to get to his .799 overall number.
It's good to see him hitting well. IIRC this is around the same time last year that he was brought up and started mashing, maybe he performs well in August and September.
I would like to see an increased walk rate, though.
Went back to check out Markakis’ first year stats. Mountcastle will end up doing better due to the power. Markakis ended year with .799 OPS. Think it’s safe to say Mountcastle bests that. He has already out homered Nick and is 2 doubles away from Nicks freshman year tally.
Interesting note: Markakis walked 43 times rookie year for a 7.9% of PA.
Markakis Walk rates:
2006 - 7.9%
2007 - 8.6%
2008 - 14.2%
2009 - 7.9%
2010 - 10.3%
2011 - 8.7%