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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Miles: Going long with Hoyer on walks and OBP

While we’re waiting, let’s do this today. Yesterday, GM Jed Hoyer talked a lot about the Cubs’ lack of walks and the importance of on-base percentage in the OPS equation. We couldn’t get to all of it in the paper, so let’s get to some of it here on the blog.

The Cubs still are last in the National League in walks drawn by their batters, with 116. The Brewers are above them, with 122. In their last four games, however, the Cubs have drawn 15 walks. They’re 12th in the NL in OBP (.300) and eighth in OPS (.708).

In walk percentage, Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo of the Reds are 1-2. Votto is at 18.1 percent and Choo is at 15.8 percent. The Cubs bring up the rear. Alfonso Soriano and Welington Castillo are last among qualifiers at 3.2 percent. Starlin Castro is fifth worst (4.0).

“If you look at the Reds and you look at the Cubs, the hits, the power, aren’t any different,” Hoyer said. “The difference is the walks. They’re second in runs, I believe, and we’re near the bottom. It’s simply a lack of getting on base. It’s something we have to solve collectively. As an organization, Theo (team president Epstein) and I believe strongly you can’t be good team if you don’t get on base, grind out at-bats. If we’re not going to do that, we’re going to spend a lot of time figuring it out because we’re not going to be successful until we do.”

Hoyer was asked about drafting and developing hitters who are patient and with good approaches.

“That’s one of the things we always talk about: Is patience and working a good at-bat, is that something that’s taught? Is that something that’s innate? That’s something we’re certainly going to look for extensively in the draft and internationally, guys that manage an at-bat. But those guys aren’t going to help us right now. We need to figure out the solution on the field. We’re teaching the right things. We’re telling them the right things. I know guys are working hard at it. We need to see improvement there. That’s an area of the season that hasn’t gone the way we wanted to, and we’re going to need to solve that.”

Thanks to Chet.

Repoz Posted: May 28, 2013 at 04:31 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. KyleJRM Posted: June 01, 2013 at 12:17 AM (#4457587)
While they clearly (and rightly) want to develop a team with great OBP skills, I'm wondering if they aren't finding that cheap power is actually a better market inefficiency right now when going outside the organization and not wanting to pay a premium.

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