Padres home run leader back with Chihuahuas, hopes to find consistency & quality leather
EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) -- Padres infielder Ryan Schimpf has been a statistical anomaly in Major League Baseball. The 5'9'' 180-pound lefty proved he packs big pop, jacking a team high 14 home runs before being demoted - one more than Hunter Renfroe at the time.
"You never want to be sent down but I wasn't performing the way I know I'm capable of," Schimpf told CBS4's Eric O'Brien. "I can't keep being an all-or-nothing guy."
The other side of the coin is that 'Jumbo Schimpf' was hitting, or lack there of, an abysmal .158 batting average. Schimpf is confident he can correct some things in a ballpark he is very familiar with having played more than 50 games with El Paso during the Chihuahuas 2016 PCL Championship season, in which he got called up carrying a .355 batting average while stroking 15 round-tripper's.
"This group is older than the one we had," he said taking inventory of the team hitting batting practice. "I think we're just going to feed off each other, have some fun and win some ballgames. And I'm kind of a boot guy so I'm definitely excited to check out Lucchese Boot Factory."