Texas Rangers’ third baseman Adrian Beltre is like every other player in a Rangers uniform this season, meaning that he has already spent some time on the disabled list.
But he has something else in common with some other Rangers starts in the fact that he is struggling badly, especially in the power department.
On paper coming into the season, big things in the power department were expected from the Beltre-Prince Fielder tandem. However that hasn’t been the case as Beltre and Fielder have combined to hit only three homers, only one of which has come off Beltre’s bat.
Beltre’s power outage is something that his owners should be very concerned with right now.
It’s only been 18 games for Beltre, but an .075 ISO and .343 slugging percentage aren’t good signs.
However there is no need to panic as there are signs that he should break out sooner, rather than later.
First is the DL stint, meaning that Beltre’s sample size this season is really small.
Beltre is displaying solid plate patience with a 10.7% BB Rate, is hitting the ball hard with a 30.4% Line Drive Rate and has reduced an already low Swinging Strike Rate down to 5.5%.
He did suffer from a fairly large power drop between 2012 and 2013 as his ISO of .240 in 2012 dropped to .193 in 2013, but there is no reason to believe that another .120 point drop in power is anything more than just a slow start.
I would bet that within the next few months that Beltre’s metrics will be right in line with his norms.
If you are smart, you should look to buy low on Beltre while you still can.