Why Shin-Soo Choo should rebound
There really doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo that patience, health and luck won’t fix, so for all his fantasy owners wondering why he’s apparently stopped hitting, running and to an odd extent walking, don’t panic. Well, worry about the running part to some degree, but the point is, this terrible June he’s having will be ending in a few days, and he remains a player who can help us win leagues. Hopefully it’s not a terrible July, as well.
Choo, a fifth-round choice in ESPN ADP and near-top-10 outfielder, enters Thursday having hit a meager .147 in June, despite slapping a few hits in Wednesday’s 8-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers. I've caught more than a few of Choo’s at-bats over the past week, and he’s been more aggressive in swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, and he’s not really driving the ball, which makes me think it’s not only a change in approach that perhaps he and manager Ron Washington have altered due to his new No. 3 lineup slot, but he’s also still dealing with a sore left ankle, the same one that has bothered him since April. Choo rarely goes more than a week without drawing a walk, but that’s the deal currently. As one of the pre-eminent walkers in the game, he also boasts three 20-homer, 20-steal seasons in the past five years. Just consider some of the odd things going on with him statistically: