Wait, where'd you get that number? He only had 17 XBH's in 278 AB's (306 PA's) last year, with an ISO of .101. I haven't heard any scouting reports that suggest that, with the way he swings, that he should develop quite a bit more pop than that.
Edit: Oh, I'm guessing you included his rookie league numbers. When the power numbers take such a big drop from rookie to A, I tend to think that I should take the high number with a grain of salt, particularly if the scouting reports suggest that the lower number fits in line with his swing and approach. I expect he might do better as he matures at the plate, but I doubt he'll be anywhere near those rookie level numbers to justify, as of now, using a combination of the two to suggest that he has power, but that's me.
Edit number 2: In his defense, though, DeShields often asked him to focus on putting the ball in play, and I know there are some that felt that he could've hit for more power, but because he was hitting 2nd behind Hamilton, he was asked to fill a role.
i agree with what you're saying, but i also think with guys like him it's harder to rely on scouts too much because they obviously are going to tend to pigeonhole him based on size alone
i mean, check out this draft profile
on Dustin Pedroia:
COMMENT: PHYSICALLY MAXED OUT. SMALL, SCRAPPY FRAME W/ AVG STRENGTH FOR SIZE. SIMILAR TO DAVID ECKSTEIN. EVEN STANCE W/ FLEXED KNEES. SMALL LOAD & WEIGHT SHIFT. STEPS IN BUCKET. AVG BAT SPEED, EVEN PLANE BAT CONTROL W/ CONSISTENT CONTACT. HITS WHERE PITCHED. LOTS OF DOUBLES TO GAPS. INSTINCTIVE DEFENDER W/ SOFT HANDS, WORKS GROUND-UP, BALL DISAPPEARS. PLAYS WELL ABOVE TOOLS. HEADSY BASEBALL RAT W/ PLUS INSTINCTS. KNOWS HOW TO PLAY THE GAME. GUY YOU WANT ON YOUR TEAM. DOES WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN.