Splitsville: Adam Lind (v1.1)

Splitsville: Adam Lind (v1.1)

"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Blue Jays prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version one/chapter one (v1.1) of Adam Lind we'll look at a variety of "splits" from his 2005 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays and examine how he proved several of his critics wrong.

One of the best bats in the Blue Jays system belongs to Adam Lind. The left-hander has a picture perfect swing from the left-side of the plate and in 2005 he proved his critics wrong by also hitting for power as well as hitting for a solid average. The only weakness in his game is his defense, an aspect of the game that his teammates and coaches make a point to say that he works extremely hard on. Lind hit .313 in 2005 playing for the Dunedin Blue Jays and hit twelve home runs and eighty-four runs batted in. In 495 at bats he struck out just seventy-seven times, but also did not walk much as he drew forty-nine walks.

Doesn't Matter Where I play: Lind played sixty-three games away and sixty-three games at home, hitting nearly the same in both situations. His average was just seven points off, but the left-hander hit for more power at home. Lind hit .317 on the road with three home runs and thirty-four runs batted in. At home, he hit .310 with nine home runs and fifty-runs batted in. Lind hit forty-two runs batted on the season, and hit twenty-two of them at home. The left-hand batter also drew about the same number of walks at home than on the road and struck out about the same number of times. All his numbers were consistent both at home and on the road, expect for the fact that he hit for more power at home.

Month-By-Month: Lind began the season on a tear and many believed he could have been promoted after the first month of the season if the numbers game worked out. Lind hit .360 (32-89) in twenty-two games during the month of April with one home run and twenty-three runs batted in. As May came around his production dropped and in twenty-nine game the outfielder hit just .264 with a home run and eleven runs batted in. The slump continued into June as Lind hit .256 in nineteen games with no home runs and only eight runs batted in. Lind had played seventy games to this point and had just two home runs. It appeared the scouting report, regarding his power, was true but Lind quickly disproved that theory. In twenty-six games during the month of July, Lind hit .358 (38-106) but also hit six home runs and drove in twenty-runs. The success continued well into August as Lind hit .320 (32-100) in twenty-seven games, and continued showing solid power posting four more home runs and driving in twenty-one runs. Lind led the Florida State League in doubles and that only goes to show his power potential will increase as 22-year-old gets acclimated to professional baseball.

Can't Hit Lefties: The left-handed Lind showed good at bats against southpaws hitting .291 against them in 134 at bats with three home runs and twenty-four runs batted in. Against right-hand pitchers, Lind hit .321 with nine home runs and sixty runs batted in. Lind even hit more percentage of doubles against left-handers than right-handers.

Pure Middle of the Order Hitter: Although Lind played a few games in the fifth spot early in the season and couple of games in other spots in the order, he saw most of his action in the third and fourth spots of the lineup. In eighty-three games in the three spot, Lind hit .306, and in thirty-four games in the cleanup hole, the outfielder hit .359 with seven home runs and thirty-two runs batted in.

Bases Empty? Boring! With runners on base in 2005, Lind hit .339 (77-227) with nine home runs and eighty-one runs batted in. With the bases empty the outfielder hit .291 with three home runs. Lind also had a pleasant time with the bases loaded going 4-11 on the season with nine runs batted in.

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