Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, May 17, 2015 04:30 PM Comments: 2
With plenty of attention going to other players in the team’s lineup, Malquin Canelo has been an underrated contributor to the Class A Lakewood offense thus far this season.
Listed at five-foot-ten and 156 pounds, Canelo easily lays low, unnoticed next to over-sized teammate first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who stands six-foot-four and weighs 225 pounds while sporting a .301 average and hitting for power. Long raved about outfield prospect Carlos Tocci and his league best .366 batting average are also overshadowing Canelo’s steady production.
Through 31 games to start the season, the 20-year-old shortstop has tallied a .315 average with a home run, five RBI and six steals for the BlueClaws.
In the top spot of Lakewood’s batting order, Canelo has been a catalyst. Through action on Saturday, the Domincan native was batting .333 in 54 at bats when leading off an inning and posted an identical .333 average in 27 at bats in the first inning.
The determined Canelo prides himself on his simple outlook in helping his team’s offense.
“I’ve been trying to put the ball in play and not do too much,” Canelo said with the assistance of translator and team hitting coach Nelson Prada. “When I get two strikes, I try to give the best effort that I can. That’s pretty much what my approach is. Just be more focused and put the ball in play and try not to swing and miss.” Continue reading Underrated Canelo strong as lead-off man for Lakewood