Norfolk Tides 1B David Washington Hot with the Bat, Owns 10-game Hitting Streak

The Baltimore Orioles signed minor league free agent power hitter David Washington to a minor league deal with a spring training invite this offseason hoping he would provide power-depth at AAA. Washington has exhibited the power thus far and is also riding a 10-game hitting streak for the Norfolk Tides.

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Washington, 26, was well known as a power hitter in the minor leagues and is also well known to strikeout, a ton. Thus far in 2017, he's doing both of those things, but recently his bat has caught fire.

He is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak for the Tides, over which he has hit .341 (14-41) with two home runs, six RBI and six runs scored.

In riding this 10-game hitting streak, Washington is now hitting .286 with four home runs, eight doubles, 10 RBI and has scored 12 runs over 28 games. He also owns a .324 OBP, .490 slugging percentage and a .814 OPS.

While four home runs is likely fewer than he or the Orioles expected him to have at this point, it's important to point out that he is playing his home games at Harbor Park, which is simply put, a ginormous ball park. Also, he does have eight doubles, which gives him 12 extra-base hits, which is very respectable.

Of course, when mentioning Washington, you have to talk about strikeouts as well, especially considering that he struck out 169 times over 127 games last season.

This year Washington has continued to strikeout over an average of once per game. He has 39 strikeouts over 28 games and 98 at bats thus far. For those keeping track at home, that's a strikeout percentage of 39.8% of his at bats.

Obviously his strikeouts are not ideal, and his power numbers are not where they may have been anticipated to be, but it's good to see his bat coming around as he is riding his 10-game hitting streak.


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