... must have eschewed mother's milk and gentle lullabies in favor of at bats vs. major league pitching to soothe her crying baby. The kid looks as comfortable or more confortable at the plate than any of the vets on the club. We saw in the post season how well he understands the strike zone. But he also seems to know what to do with everything. Last night: first two at bats, the book clearly said pitch him away. So, they did and he promptly laced pull singles into left center. So, they come back trying to jam him and he insides out a beauty liner into right. All with that easy silk swing.
And, while I am lauding the young knight, can the Iggy-lovers please give this guy some credit on defense?? He may not have Iggy range or Iggy hands (though frankly I am yet to see that he doesn't), but his footwork is impeccable, his arm strong and accurate, and I am yet to see him get the yips on any ball. Smooth and unflappable like fellow "slow" "range-lacking" shortstops Jeter and Ripken.