Curtis Granderson led the Tigers and the American League in strikeouts in 2007. While on the face of it, this is a bad thing especially for a lead off hitter but he also walked 66 times, which was second to only Carlos Guillen. He was also tied for first with Brandon Inge with 4.1 pitches per plate appearance. Regardless, had he cut that strikeout total down to even 150 and considering his .338 batting average on balls in play, he probably would have added about 7 more hits. If he gets it down to 130, then we’re talking close to 15 hits and we’re really making a difference. He might have even hit another homerun or two.
Now Granderson comes into spring training with a new, more compact swing that he’s been working on with hitting coach Lloyd McClendon. The end result cuts out any unneccesary movement in the batters box and in Granderson’s swing. He made a good first impression in camp yesterday and if it means Granderson can get on base a little more, it’ll just mean more RBIs for Gary Sheffield and Magglio Ordonez.
Granderson’s PECOTA card looks pretty nice. He comes out at .265/.342/.463 with 21 homeruns. With a 20% breakout and a 47% improve rate, I can see Granderson hitting his 75th percentile line, which puts him at .283/.362/.504 and 24 homeruns. Oddly, over his entire range, Granderson’s strikeout total pretty much stays the same (130 give or take).
Here’s a little more on Granderson and his strikeouts.