Lil' Nicky Punto had the pleasure of replacing Tony Batista last year. It's certainly easier to look good when you're being compared to a guy who shouldn't be in the league.
At any rate, thanks apparently to some suggestions by Rod Carew last spring, Punto took a big step forward with his batting average, but still didn't show any power and had only a slightly above average OBP. The most encouraging sign was probably his reduced strikeout rate, but his September (.252/.266/.294) was pretty disappointing and cast some doubt about his improvements.
So what's going to happen with Punto this year? More improvement in another year of his prime? A return to futility infielder Punto? Someone steps on his hand as he slides headfirst into first base?
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