April 21, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) hits a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Shin-Soo Choo showing his power


Oakland, Cali – Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo continues hit the ball very well this season.  He hit his second home run in the first game of a three game series against the Oakland Athletics’ Dan Straily.

Video of Shin-Soo Choo lead-off home run in the first

Shin-Soo Choo had a small slump which included a game where he struck out a record tying 5-times in one game.  But,lately he’s been red-hot and hitting the ball well.  He has hit safely in 6 of 7 last games (9-24) for an average of .375.  He has an on-base percentage of .429.  The Rangers signed him hoping he would be a perfect candidate for the lead-off position and he’s be able to deliver so far this season.

Hitting lefties: Choo historically hasn’t batted well against lefties.  He has a career average of .247.  This year he’s started off very well, in fact he’s hitting lefties better than he’s hitting right-handed pitchers.

Baseball reference splits stats for 2014
Baseball reference

Shin-Soo Choo seems to have the eagle eye for walks and for timely hits.  To add to his value as a Ranger, he currently has 7 RBI and 1 stolen base.   If he can keep this up all season, the Rangers should be able to score early and give the starting pitchers some breathing room.

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