Hood made a big step this year and I could see an even bigger one next season. He had one less PA than last year, so comparison is easy. He maintained or improved in nearly every category. His doubles were the same, but home runs were up by 8, increasing his SLG by 57 points. He nearly doubled his walks and cut down on his strikeouts, raising his OBP 31 points. And he started to show some good speed, improving dramatically on the basepaths (2010 - 5/12 vs 2011 - 21/27). Throw in 12 outfield assists and the improvement from low A is nearly stunning. No doubt in my mind that he starts next season at AA.
it was funny to see how much his SB total went up from the last time I posted his updated stats until today with his final numbers. He really became more aggressive, thanks to coaching and confidence. and you are right on the money, his walk totals increased dramatically.
I know I have been banging the drum for the FO to make some moves (whether it's free agency or trades), but if we have to package a lot of our key prospects ... I hope he's not one of them. I really think he's going to be a good one.