Chambers has nine homers on the year, but a .237 average.
Last night, Evan Chambers had a big game, going 3-for-3 with two walks and two homers. The center fielder, taken in the third round of the 2009 draft, currently has nine homers on the year. However, he has a .227 average, and his overall power is down, with a .386 slugging percentage.
Chambers is an interesting prospect that draws a lot of different opinions. Actually, there are two opinions. The first is that he's got a lot of tools, with speed (35 stolen bases last year, and he can play center field), some decent power for a center fielder, and a great walk rate. The second is that he strikes out too much and doesn't hit for average. The difference in opinions is that the first group looks at it as "if he could improve his plate patience and start hitting for average, he'd be a top prospect". The second group looks at it as "he's not going to improve those areas, making the other stats irrelevant".
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