Nate Roberts on his AFL season
Following this year's championship game in the Arizona Fall League, Twins prospect Nate Roberts, who led the league in average (.446), on-base percentage (.565) and slugging (.662), took time to answer some of Baseball America's question why he had such an incredible season:
If Roberts follows the standard promotion plan, he will likely experience some offensive decline next season in the Florida State League where the humidity and larger ballparks subdue power. Still, his on-base skills are impressive. His .433 OBP led the Midwest League (thanks, in part, to a league-leading 23 hit-by-pitches) and should be a solid foundation for going forward.
"I was definitely seeing the ball well," Roberts said. "I played the last two years in Beloit and some of the ballparks are kind of difficult to see. Here, great batters eyes, great places to hit, and pitchers throw strikes here, so I was able to see a lot of strikes and hit a lot of strikes. The ball just happened to drop for me quite a bit here."
To date, there is little video of Roberts available to me to properly breakdown his mechanics but I am eager to see more.