Thursday, August 11, 2011

DeShields has some learning to do

Lexington manager Rodney Linares says that Delino DeShields still has some learning to do, but he's getting better:

“He’s still young. He still has a lot to learn. Offensively, he’ll develop. He’s got short swing, great knowledge of the strike zone. He’s struck out a lot but he’s still learning a lot. I love what I’ve seen of Delino and I think he’s going to develop into a very solid major league player.”

MiLB sites don't have silly things like "Plate Appearances," so we're left with ABs to work with. Here's DeShields' K/AB rate in 2011, by month:

April: 26.4%
May: 27.4%
June: 28.6%
July: 20.6%
August: 34.6%

He's in the middle of a ten-game stretch, hitting .150/.277/.150, with six singles in his last 40 ABs. So there you have it.