Alex Guerrero has gotten off to a hot start in 2015. Is it real? Will it continue?
Compare him to Yasiel Puig in 2013. Puig had four home runs in his first week, but it took him another eight games to get to his fifth home run. Both the 2013 Puig and the 2015 Guerrero had great success during Spring Training. But the similarities end there. Puig spent a couple months in AA ball in 2013, while Guerrero did his minor league stint in 2014. As part of that process, Alex lost half of one ear. Also, Guerrero had a dismal showing in the majors in 2014, getting just one hit in thirteen at bats.
But let’s take a look at his consistency this year with the Dodgers. We’ll go through all twenty-four of his plate appearances. Source of data is Baseball Reference.
1. April 11th: Ground out to the SS/3B hole
2. April 11th: Ground out up the middle
3. April 12th: Ground out to the SS/3B hole
4. April 12th: Line drive Single to RF
5. April 12th: Ground out to pitcher
6. April 12th: Ground ball Double to LF
7. April 12th: Line drive Home Run to Deep LF/CF
8. April 13th: Strikeout swinging
9. April 13th: Sacrifice fly to RF
10. April 13th: Ground out to 3B
11. April 13th: Ground out to SS
12. April 13th: Line drive Single to CF
13. April 14th: Pinch-hit Fly ball Home Run to Deep LF/CF
14. April 17th: Pinch-hit Fly ball out to Deep LF
15. April 19th: Pinch-hit Fly ball out to Deep CF
16. April 21st: Pinch-hit ground ball Double to LF
17. April 22nd: Pinch-hit Fly ball Home Run to Deep LF
18. April 23rd: Line drive Home Run to Deep LF/CF
19. April 23rd: Ground out to 1B
20. April 23rd: Line drive Single to RF
21. April 25th: Pinch-hit Walk
22. April 26th: Pop-fly Single to short LF/CF
23. April 26th: Line Drive Home Run to Deep LF/CF
24. April 26th: Ground out to SS
This guy straight out hits the ball. He doesn’t look at third strikes. He doesn’t off strike out at all (only once in 24 plate appearances). He’s not too interested in waiting around for a walk; why should he when he bats .500 with a 1.273 slugging percentage? He seems to hit to all fields, although his home runs are all to left field or left field/center field.
Will Guerrero’s torrential hitting pace last? Will the opposing pitchers figure him out? Well, we will never know if the Dodgers don’t put him in the lineup on a regular basis.