Colvin Talks The Walk

Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin proved last year that he has the tools to hit for power and average as a professional. The 13th overall pick from the 2006 draft hit .299/.324/.488 in 2007, spending half the season with high Class A Daytona and the other half with Double-A Tennessee. Yet he walked just 15 times in 519 plate appearances last year, a rate of just under three percent, which Colvin said he wants to improve upon in 2008.

"This year, I’m working on a little more discipline, trying to get a little more patient up there," he said. "Fifteen walks is pretty bad. I don’t think I’m going to be the big on-base guy. I like knocking the guys in.

"I know 15 walks aren’t good, but I know I’ll improve on that this year. Walking 50 times a year is not me. I’m an aggressive hitter, and I like to get the big hits in situations, not the walks."

Colvin, 22, is the Cubs’ No. 3 prospect.