When it comes to overreactions, exclamations of anger or joy, and sarcasm, I feel confident in my abilities to provide responses. But when it comes to deep statistical analysis of prospects, I know about as much as Joe Morgan. Which is to say, not very much.
So can someone please tell me why I shouldn't be concerned about the following stat lines?
Michael Taylor: 105 AB, .229 avg, 2 HR, 9 BB, 21 K, .296 OBP, .429 slugging, .724 OBS
Chris Carter: 95 AB, .253 avg, 6 HR, 15 BB, 27 K, .360 OBP, .484 slugging, .845 OPS
Now don't get me wrong, I know it's early in the season and Carter's OBP and OPS are very encouraging, but shouldn't these guys be tearing the cover off the ball? Perhaps they have been elevated in my mind because they are widely recognized as the power saviors of the A's by hardcore fans, but the average and the Ks are what trouble me. Personally, I'm kind of tired of seeing sub .260 averages on the team, and I've seen enough strikeouts on the A's to last a lifetime already this year.
So I defer to the wisdom of AN to help me understand why I should still be extremely excited about these guys, because I desperately (as most ANers do) want them to be fantastic major leaguers for many years with the green and gold.