Detroit Tigers: Let’s Look At Akil Baddoo’s Strikeouts

HOUSTON, TEXAS - Akil Baddoo hits a home run. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Akil Baddoo hits a home run. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Akil Baddoo Strikeout Conclusion

Take a look at that nice highlight package above and then prepare for some mixed news. On the positive side, looking at all these strikeouts pretty much confirms Akil Baddoo really does have a good eye. We just looked at 40+ pitches, and Baddoo left the zone all of four times. He knows the zone well, and he laid off a lot of borderline offerings. There also doesn’t appear to be any one particular pattern pitchers have adopted yet. Baddoo has struggled with 2-strike changeups, but pitchers aren’t necessarily going to that consistently.

The biggest concern we see is Akil Baddoo simply missing a lot of hittable pitches. It’s great to have a good eye at the plate, but if pitchers can get you out inside the zone, then that discipline doesn’t help much. What we don’t know is if this is a real concern. It seemed like Baddoo didn’t miss any mistakes during his first week of action, but these last few games he has basically missed them all. We suspect the real Akil Baddoo is probably somewhere in the middle, but only time will tell.

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