The Countdown Continues: Ian Kinsler

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His major league debut was on April 3, 2006 against Boston where he went 1 for 2 with a hit.  2006 proved to be his first year in the majors and once he was promoted he only saw the minors again during rehab stints. During the 6 years he has played with the Texas Rangers he has put up career offensive numbers of .275/.355/.469. This includes 16 triples, 124 homeruns and 395 RBI.

Kinsler’s speed is shown in his 136 stolen bases that are tempered by a mere 22 times being caught stealing. During most of his time in the lineup he has been in the leadoff position. His on base percentage combined with his speed make this an ideal situation that should continue for some time.

In 2011 his offensive production held steady to his career average in most aspects as he hit .255/.355/.477. Included are 4 triples, tied for his career high, 32 homeruns which was a career best, and 89 walks which was his career best. He finished 11th in the MVP voting.

While this shows he is still on the track forward he seems to have changed his swing in a way that may change how he is viewed. The uptick in homeruns also comes with a propensity for popup outs. When he takes the time to be patient at the plate, which he did more during the 2011 season he was able to draw more walks. This led to him scoring 121 runs, 29 better than any other season so far in his career.

Defensively he is still at the top of his bell curve. His 11 errors were second fewest in his career and his fielding percentage of .984 is a mere one hundredth of a point off his best.

2012 looks to be another stellar year for Kinsler. His completely irrelevant spring training stats he is hitting .417 with 2 home runs. With him remaining at the top of the roster there will be plenty of chances for him to have a run at his 3rd All Star year.

As always, Go Rangers!

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