Beyond those numbers, there are markers of substantial improvement. His chase rate is down from roughly 25 to 20 percent. His hard-hit rate has more than doubled to roughly one of every nine plate appearances (above major league average). His top-end exit velocities are up, with more of his hard-hit balls getting pulled to left field. He’s swinging at better pitches and making better, more frequent contact.
“To see that this early, we’re extremely happy about that because that’s probably one of the biggest jumps you make, High A to Double A,” said Zawadzki. “Being able to rebound, being able to make that jump and be doing what he’s doing, that’s great. He has a chance to be a complete hitter.
“There’s huge upside on the power. Obviously, it’s still coming. This guy has had a pure ability to hit since we drafted him. I think that was one of the most appealing things when we did get him. So you put that into the perspective of, if you’re not chasing, you have that power ability, and then if you do get behind in the count or when a situation calls for it, you’re able to go to right field.”