Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Matt Szczur Rides The Bus: 17 Games In Daytona Edition

After 17 games for the Daytona Cubs of the Hi-A Florida State League, former Villanova baseball and football star Matt Szczur is having a mixed bag of results. On the one hand, his slugging percentage (.458) has risen, and he's hitting extra base hits at a sizably higher clip than he was in Peoria before his promotion, but he is also walking less and striking out more which have contributed to to his batting average and on base percentage being far too low (.264 and .293 respectively.) His relatively pedestrian batting average has been driven by a .288 BABIP (batting average for balls in play) which is particularly low for a player of his speed, so his batting average is probably due to rise eventually as he'll probably have better luck. He'll still need to walk more and try to strike out less, but the uptick in extra bases is very welcome for a player who doesn't have a ton of pop. All in all a very decent debut, and keep in mind that we're still working on a very small sample size.


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