Odubel Herrera was good last year, being one of the top rookies with a 3.9 fWAR, tying him with
Liu Jung-ho Kang. Had he not been on the dumpster fire that was the 2015 Phillies he probably would be more recognizable to MLB fans in general, but so far this year it appears he is forcing himself upon fans across baseball.
El Torito's current BB% of 22.1% is second only to perennial NL MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt's 22.4%. Now some whiners might say his newly acquired skill to take a walk is built upon a decrease in first pitch strikes, but don't you still have to take that first pitch ball?
Many are focused on his walk rate, for good reason of course, but that isn't all he is doing well. You don't get to 19th in fWAR this season by simply walking, although that certainly helps. So what else is he doing? Let's look where he ranks in baseball currently among his peers:
Steals - 4 (10th)
BABIP - .354 (44th) down 34 points from last year
wRC+ - 135 (48th)
fWAR - 0.9 (19th)
Runs - 12 (45th)
BB - 19 (3rd)
OPS - .866 (47th)
Not otherworldly by any stretch, but can we take a second and remind ourselves he was a rule 5 pick? And it makes it even better it was from the Rangers, as if we didn't pillage their farm system enough. As Matt Jackson at BTB pointed out, we essentially have a rule 5 Christian Yelich.
Can he keep up this insane walk rate? Most likely not, but there are a number of things pointing to the fact that he can still come out with a much better walk rate than his 5.2% in 2015. I don't think it is out of the question he triples that number to be honest.
Ok, I've already written more without giffing something than you care to read, so before signing off, please know that I know this also rings true: