Last month I wrote about how all of the shortstops at the top levels were having success in the month of May. Ronny Cedeno ended up with a .286/.368/.405 line, which combined with his great defensive play has given him some value as a starting shortstop. Chase d'Arnaud hit for a .329/.357/.456 line in AAA. Jordy Mercer hit for a .318/.372/.486 line in AA. I talked about how both shortstop prospects were blocked from moving up a level because of Cedeno's strong play. I also wrote this about Cedeno:
Just like d’Arnaud and Mercer, 56 at-bats is not nearly enough to suggest Cedeno’s current run is legit. We’ve actually seen this out of Cedeno before. He struggles, the Pirates bench him for a lack of consistent play, and he comes back strong. The problem is that, in the past, the hot streaks haven’t lasted.
Cedeno was benched twice in a three game span in late-April/early-May last year, and returned to hit for a .329/.386/.468 line in his next 79 at-bats. However, the hot strea...
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