Mitchell Tolman Trying to Make the Adjustments For His Jump to the Upper Levels

Mitchell Tolman Trying to Make the Adjustments For His Jump to the Upper Levels

GLENDALE, Ariz. - At quick glance, Mitchell Tolman's stats don't look bad.

He hit for a .267/.364/.393 line in the very pitcher friendly Florida State League. That includes good secondary ratios, with an 11.7% walk rate, a 17.2% strikeout rate, and a .125 ISO, which is good for a middle infielder in the FSL.

But watching Tolman, there is some reason for concern. Too often, it seemed that he would be letting pitches go that he could hit, and working himself into deep counts. This led to a strong walk total, but also led to a lower average than he was probably capable of, as well as lower power numbers than he could produce.

I saw a similar passive approach at the plate in Arizona, only seeing Tolman for a few games, but seeing a lot of strikeouts after he worked himself into 3-2 co...

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