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Sho Nakata: a glimpse of what’s to come?

by on Aug.09, 2010 @ 4:22 pm, under NPB

So it seems like Sho Nakata is finally beginning to come around.

Since rejoining the team on 7/19:

16-for-43, 8 HR, 10 R, 10 RBI, .372 / .438 / .930, 1.368 OPS

It's still a small sampling, and for all we know, he could still pull a Kevin Maas.  But instead of worrying about that, I think it might be a lot more fun to sit back and watch the fireworks, for as long as they last.

Incidentally, there is a positive trend with regards to his strikeout rate (again, a small sample size).  Since 7/19, Nakata is striking out once every 8 trips to the plate; his walk rate is at about 9.6.  Earlier in the year, his strike out rate was once every 3.8 trips to the plate and a walk every 9.2 trips to the plate.  And last season he was striking out once every 2.5 trips to the plate (22 game sample) and had just one walk in 38 plate appearances.

So it would seem his pitch selection has improved a bit.  Whether or not it'll stick is another story, but if it does, it would seem only natural that his other numbers rise.

Incidentally, Sponichi is talking about Nakata winning the ROY award.  They feel if he hits 20 homers this season, he'll be close to a shoe-in.