Friday, July 07, 2006

Salty is hurt

If you've noticed that Jarrod Saltalamacchia has not been in the lineup recently, you should be interested to know that it is an injury that has kept him out. Here is an excerpt from a Baseball America article.

"Things have gone from bad to worse for Braves No. 1 prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia this season. While he has made strides defensively, the Double-A
Mississippi catcher is hitting just .197/.311/.297 with four homers and
25 RBIs in 239 at-bats this season. Saltalamacchia sustained a bone
bruise on his left hand at the base of his wrist on June 28 and hasn’t
played since. He is not expected to return until after the all-star

Maybe this will give him a chance to work on his swing which has reportedly fallen apart this season. We know he is hitting under .200 but the question is why? Scouts are saying that his swing has deteriorated drastically from both sides of the plate and his power has been zapped. He has made a concerted effort to work on his defense this season so that could have something to do with his offensive drop-off. Hopefully this break will do him some good and he can regain the swing that made him a top prospect.

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