As we all know, the Astros are one of the worst teams in baseball, and it is no secret that they will sell all the way this season. They have several interesting trade chips, including two outfielders who could interest us: Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn. Pence has become a popular name thrown around these parts, but unless we could get him for a steal, I want no part of him. Here's why:
First of all, Pence has an unsastainably high BABIP of .389, which is second in the majors. This is one reason for his career-high .323 batting average. We should see a major dropoff in the batting average department in the second half. He also isn't showing much power this season, as his career-worst .173 ISO is somewhat concealed by his average. One of the things our team needs is a good on-base guy, and Pence is not that guy: He has just a 6.1 BB% this season, and his career rate is not much better. On top of all this, the Astros will probably dangle him with the hopes of selling high. My hope is that Frank Wren will not be fooled and give up top prospects for Pence, which I'm sure is what the Astros want.
On the surface, Hunter Pence appears to be having a very good season. But if you dig deeper, you will see his true colors. We need to stay as far away from him as possible.