Max Kepler | OF | Minnesota Twins (Rookie)
Kepler has caught my eye recently. The German-born outfielder signed with the Twins back in 2009 to much hype, but his development had been a bit slow coming into the year. He then got off to such a slow start that one could figure a breakout year wasn’t in the cards.
Within that poor start, however, was a hitter still demonstrating outstanding patience and discipline. He started turning things up around the beginning of July. His high walk percentage helped him amass a .440 OBP, but his anemic power production kept his OPS at just .797. However, once mid-July hit, Kepler experienced a power surge — something that had been missing from his arsenal since his first pro season. His OPS currently stands at .909 with an ISO-Power of .225, more than double that of last year, and more than four times his power output from 2010. Encouragingly, there hasn’t been area where Kepler has not shown improvement this year compared to his first two seasons of play.
It’s early, but the progress has to excite Twin fans.
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