Patience and plate discipline is a bit of an art form in the professional baseball landscape. The more patient and discipline you are at the dish, the better hitter you are. It’s not a groundbreaking concept by any stretch of the imagination and by no means are we re-inventing the wheel here: drawing a walk is better than striking out. Duh. In 2018, José Ramírez saw a jump in nearly every statistical category: home runs, RBI, stolen bases, etc. It was the third straight year he logged 600+ plate appearances and from 2017-to-2018 his walk rate increased from 8.1% to 15.2%. To give that a numerical value, he walked 52 times in 2017 and that jumped to 106 walks last season. That is a phenomenal leap. Are walks sexy? Hardly, but these guys get on base and that helps in leagues that rewards runs, on-base percentage, and it sets the faster guys up for steals. Billy Hamilton truthers would lose their minds if he could get his walk rate over 10.0%.

 

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