Jump to content

Who Are You .... and what have you done to Bill Rowell?


hoosiers

Recommended Posts

Who does this guy think he is?

A home run, two BBs and no Ks in the same game?

Let's see here:

- striking out once every six at-bats (approx 16%) in the early 09 season, but had only one month in 2008 with a K% less than 21.5%. Has not struck out less than in 24.5% (1 in every four) of his at-bats at any minor league level.

- walking once every six at-bats (approx 16%) in the early 09 season, but maxed out this ratio at 13.3% in July 08 and was only above 10% in one other month. Has not averaged over 9% as a BB% in a full season league.

- BB/K is 1. Has rounded to 1/3 since playing above rookie ball.

- xbh as % of total at-bats - 7.8% at DelMarva, 6.9% last year, 9.7% this year.

Obviously, these stats are after a big night, and we know the power is there, but the plate discipline appears to be coming along rapidly. If BR starts striking out less, he will get better pitches to hit and will walk more and use his power.

Perhaps early signs that BR will show the maturation at the plate we've been waiting for.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 113
  • Created
  • Last Reply

I'm glad you made this thread, because it reminds me of the same stuff being said about Snyder last year. Billy is only what, 20 years old right? Yes, some players in MLB are progressing better and faster, but it's not like this kid is Moore and hanging on to his last chance here or something. He'll start to grow up and will turn some heads this year I predict, he's just got to want it mentally.

A lot of these kids get a certain attitude, especially out of HS where they are high draft choices and think they are going to skate by because of promise and draft status. They forget that it took hard work to get here, and will take 10x the hard work to get where they want to be. He will get it, I'm thinking repeating at Fredrick might be the kick in the pants he needs to get the message.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think everytime I hear Billy Rowell's name I have to remind myself he isn't a 20 something fading prospect. Maybe this is the year he takes a step forward as a hitter. There's a huge learning curve for players out of HS, hence why nearly all of them take years to get to the majors. I think this may be the year Billy starts to find himself as a hitter and can take a big step forward in his journey to the big leagues.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If I remember correctly BR has stated that he learned a ton from Wieters and Arrieta last year. Seeing the amount of time and prep that those two put in really made an impression on him. Sometimes it takes being passed by superior prospects for a guy to realize the work he needs to put in. Here's to hoping BR is getting it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I am hopeful, but that is too small a sample size for me to get too excited. I'm just happy that he's starting the season healthy, unlike the last two years. Hopefully that allows him to get off to a solid start and build from there.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I am hopeful, but that is too small a sample size for me to get too excited. I'm just happy that he's starting the season healthy, unlike the last two years. Hopefully that allows him to get off to a solid start and build from there.

It is a small sample size, but when he walks almost as much in the first week as he did in some months last year, it's something.

Time will tell, but I do not believe we are going to see incremental improvements from BR this year. It very well could be a huge leap forward.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have to admit I’m disappointed that he couldn’t stick at 3B. If his bat were to come around, it would be a lot more important as a third baseman than an outfielder. With Markakis, Jones, Pie, Reimold and Montanez we seem pretty set for the next 5 years. Snyder seems like he’s settling in at first base.. so where does that leave Rowell?

Either way, this is a "good problem". Hopefully he can build on his early success.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Maybe he'll come up as a DH prospect. Still wish he could play third, though.

Theres no reason why he cant switch back to 3B once he gets his bat in order.

He would be a soph or jr in college right now if he hadnt been drafted out of HS.

Consider what might go to your head if your became an 18 year old millionaire. Hopefully he's ready to start putting it together.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I doubt he goes back to 3B. Just sounds like he doesn't have the ability to be a decent ML quality 3B. If he does come around with the bat he's more likely to wind up as a 1B or DH.

This is an interesting point since one can go back a year or more and see the posters who said a major difference between Rowell and Travis Snider was Rowell's ability versus Snider's perceived liability. Such a difference does not appear to exist anymore and if Rowell ends up at DH, it will be Snider with the better defensive flexibility.

I say that just as an observation as I expect Rowell to justify, or come close to justifying, the pick.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It is a small sample size, but when he walks almost as much in the first week as he did in some months last year, it's something.

Time will tell, but I do not believe we are going to see incremental improvements from BR this year. It very well could be a huge leap forward.

I'm curious what you would consider a "huge leap forward." Would you consider Brandon Erbe's improvement when he repeated Frederick as a 20-year old last year a "huge leap forward," "incremental improvement," or something in between?

Personally, I would be "satisfied" if Rowell put up an OPS in the .760-.780 range this year, and "thrilled" if he put up .800+. I would consider .800+ a "huge leap forward."

Link to comment
Share on other sites

In the offseason, I was hoping for BR to average for the year a 25 point OPS improvement from his best month last year.

If BR is going to be more selective at the plate, I think something north of 825 is likely.

Well, that definitely would be a huge leap forward, and would position him to go to the AFL this fall, I would think.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.




  • Posts

    • I don't think we really disagree about much. There is wide array of ticket prices. And I think even Fan Price Index shows the Orioles being particularly fair, and if I recall correctly their family of four number for 2022 was $156 You're reading my comments as if they were directed at the Orioles. They were not. Nor were they a criticism, as much as an identification of one of the factors that is feeding the decline of generational popularity in baseball. Many of us have a love for the game. For me that love was cemented by two things. My Dad taking me to the ballpark as a kid... and my Little League experience as a kid.  Affordability was a big part of that. When I was a kid we didn't have two nickles to rub together. My father worked two jobs to make ends meet. Mom delivered newspapers to keep us ahead of the bills. But we could still afford to go to 33rd St a couple times a year... Saw Mark Belanger hit a home run...  that was a rare feat.. and I had a ratty old mitt and some fish-heads to play Little League with. I found old deposit bottles in the woods and took 'em to the 7-11 to buy baseball cards. That's where I fell in love with the game. Eventually my father built a very successful business. and we didn't have to worry about that kind of thing.. But I kept my love for the game that was built in those early experiences. Baseball was once literally the cost of a matinee movie...  stands were packed... all the time... but slowly.. generationally.. this has changed... the last generation to FULLY embrace baseball were boomers...  I guess there's a part of me that thinks selling out every game ...and families embracing is early might change the trajectory baseball is on... wishful thinking maybe      
    • The same thing happened in San Francisco when Roman was there.   They had one truly great season with Kaepernick, and then nothing.   Not that I'm comparing Lamar to Kaepernick, but at their best under Roman, they are pretty similar. I don't know if they are using this system because they think Lamar can't handle a more complex system, or because Roman is stuck using the same stuff over and over.    Roman needs to be gone regardless of what happens with Lamar.  They need to get rid of Ricard and start running a real pro-style offense.   
    • I guess I’ve reached the point of the off-season where I’m at do we really need to add a bat?  Stowers and Vavra spent the last 1/3 of the season up. Westburg is ready. Cowser could be ready are June.    Is Brantley, Voit, or Mancini worth even a one year deal?  I could see us rolling with what we have, figuring out what we have, and signing a vet depth bat like Jesus Aguilar to a milb deal with a ST invite. If we need a bat, we can always get a rental at the deadline. 
    • Interesting to see these numbers in such black and white. It's a huge problem and from what I can tell, its a problem with the calls not coming in quickly. I don't know if the play calls are too complicated, but Jackson rarely gets to get back there, look at the defense, and then snap it early  instead of at zero when you know the defense can get good jumps. This has been a constant problem with Roman, and the fact it hasn't been fixed tells me a it's a limitation of Roman's play calling ability.
  • Popular Contributors

  • Popular Now

×
×
  • Create New...