Delmon is on another one of his streaks.
Over the last few days we've seen the best of what Delmon Young has to offer. For the first time in a while the Twins are giving Young consistent playing time, and while his aggressive approach hasn't changed the results have been solid. After last night's RBI extravaganza Delmon has now blasted four impressive looking home runs in his last eight games, and he's hitting .302/.333/.651 over his last 11.
The realist in everyone should be saying well, we've seen streaks like this from Young before. Over 12 games from April 25 - May 8 he hit .405. But just like last season, when he picked it up in the second half after a slow start, we're seeing evidence of Delmon finding his unique style of a stride. Since June 3, Young is hitting .293/.307/.483 with eight doubles and six home runs. Those four walks aren't impressing anyone, but we already know what kind of a hitter we're talking about.
This latest hot streak, over the last few games, has seen Young making some good contact. He's getting around quicker and getting the head of the bat to make contact, and he's also using his legs to help him get something behind his swings. I'm not about to say that these mechanics are somethig that Young can duplicate going forward, but right now something is definitely working. Either Delmon is just riding hot, which we've seen before and has just as much to do with luck as it does talent, or we're seeing him get better at reading pitches and taking advantage.
Anyone who approaches a plate appearance like Delmon will always be subjected to hot and cold streaks of productivity, moreso than more patient or at least more selective swingers. The result is that, at his best, he can provide Joe Crede-like power while walking like Christian Guzman, finishing the season with a respectable but relatively empty batting average.
Right now, I'd love for Delmon to turn into that player on a regular basis. If Young can be the guy he's been since June 3, the Twins would be looking at a very valuable bat who can comfortably hit right behind the boys in the middle of the order.
Keep your eye on him. Maybe this is something he can carry forward the rest of the season, maybe it's not. But when Justin Morneau started reading pitches a few years ago and understanding how we was being approached by pitchers, it was rewarding to watch him bloom into the hitter he is today. It didn't happen overnight, but it happened quickly and you could see the results in his at-bats almost immediately. If Delmon does ever catch on, and any hot streak could be the time, you'll want to take notice. It's a special thing to watch a hitter come into his own.