Back last year when walks were considered cheating and OBP was thought by management to be just for nerds, Aaron Rowand was installed as the leadoff man. He hit reasonably well in that position. And there was a reason. Pitchers start games with the fastball being the preferred pitch. Rowand hits the fast ball well, he hits it hard, right up the middle. He can steal a base. He can ride a bike. He's in the best condition of his life. He got a haircut. So is he a leadoff hitter?
The problem is, Rowand hits pretty much only the fast ball. And he is impatient. He has no walks this year. His BA=his OBP. The lower in the order he hits, the more breaking balls he will see, the more strikeouts, weak ground balls to short, GIDP and popups to second base. You might think he needs "protection": a big hitter behind him in the order, so he will get more fastballs. But that wouldn't actually help, because he is so impatient...he wouldn't walk, and pitchers know it. So he will get sliders in the dirt no matter where he bats. Unless he changes his skill set, he is gonna be a .270 hitter with some power, no walks/low OBP, some speed. If he hits low in the order, he may be a .240 hitter.
Where should he hit?
This FanPost is reader-generated, and it does not necessarily reflect the views of McCovey Chronicles. If the author uses filler to achieve the minimum word requirement, a moderator may edit the FanPost for his or her own amusement.