Sunday, March 11, 2012

Adam Dunn Showing Signs Of Life This Spring

The White Sox complete their first week of spring training games this evening against the Colorado Rockies, and if there's one thing that White Sox fans may want to take from the first week of play and use it as a reason to be optimistic about 2012, they could do worse than looking at Adam Dunn.

After having one of the worst seasons in MLB history in 2011, Dunn has looked a lot more like the player the Sox thought they were getting when they signed him last winter.

Through 5 games Dunn is 3-for-11 with a home run, 5 walks and 4 RBI. All of which equates to a line of .273/.500/.636.

Fair to say Sox fans would take that during the regular season, no?

Of course, it is only one week, and these are only spring training games. Still, what's more important than the numbers themselves is the way Dunn has looked at the plate.

In his 16 plate appearance, Dunn has only struck out once and he's shown the patience that has seen him amongst the league leaders in walks for the majority of the last decade. His bat speed seems to be back up to par as well, as both his home run and double this spring came on Neftali Feliz fastballs.

If Dunn can carry the same kind of at bats through the rest of the spring and into the regular season, then Dunn can not only make a better second impression with White Sox fans, but possibly help this team contend for a playoff spot.

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