In the Dominican, Jung-Ho Kang continues to show rust from the time off this regular season. He went 0-for-3 on Thursday night with three strikeouts. It seems easy to blame the time off for his struggles, but he was keeping in shape during the season in case he got his visa, plus he had 22 days of preseason workouts with his Dominican team, which included some exhibition games. There is also the drop in talent between MLB and the Dominican to consider.
Kang is hitting .127/.205/.206 through 18 games. His OPS is the worst among players with enough plate appearances to qualify for league leaders, sitting 149 points below the second worst player. He also leads the league with 24 strikeouts.
Edwin Espinal had a rare off-day this winter, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. That gave him a .34...
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