Many prospect followers have recognized the importance of plate discipline in the future success of a minor league prospect. Batting average and home runs are sexier stats to get excited about, but k:bb ratio is often an important marker of a prospect’s approach at the plate. In this post, I will take a look at the plate discipline of the Yankees’ top hitting prospects, to see whether there are potential red flags or bright spots in their current performance. As with any analysis this early in the season, small sample size caveats do apply.
Jesus Montero: By most accounts, Montero is having a strong season in his return to Scranton. His gaudy .362 average has impressed many (though he was hitting in the .400’s fairly recently). We haven’t gotten too worried about his lack of home runs (only 1 on the season) because of his track record of power production. Similarly, it may be too early to worry too much about Montero’s 13:0 k:bb ratio (in 16 games), but it is definitely something I will keep an eye on. … Click here to read the rest