Jun 7, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) reacts after striking out against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
While he has struggled all season, Shin-Soo Choo took another step in the wrong direction this week, hitting just .208/.269/.250 with just five hits in 24 at-bats. For the month of June, Choo is one of five players with the Rangers with over 20 plate appearances who has struck out in more than 20% of the time, with Choo coming in at 21.7%. This week Choo struck out six times in his 24 ABs while drawing just one walk.
Choo is no longer the speedy outfielder capable of over 20 stolen bases in a season, having zero so far this season, which has decreased his ability to get on base at the top of the lineup and get into scoring position.
The Rangers have a strong middle of the lineup with Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland and will need Choo to be able to reach base more so they can continue to drive in runs. As good as Fielder and Moreland have been, a double in the gap is a lot more helpful when somebody is on base.
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