Mar 18, 2014; Fort Myers, FL, USA; A view of the stadium before the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Allan Dykstra: He still looks like a Quad-A player
Dykstra’s minor league numbers are quite impressive, so some people got excited when the Rays signed him to a minor league deal. I’ve already tried to stop that bandwagon before it starts, and let me to do a little bit more here.
Dykstra certainly drew his walks in his 46 plate appearances in the Dominican Winter League, managing 9 against 12 strikeouts on his way to a .370 OBP. His issue was everything else as he managed just a .216 average and a .270 OBP. Just 2 of his 8 hits went for extra bases. Dykstra, a lefty swinger, didn’t do anything against left-handed pitching while posting a .208/.406/.298 live versus righties.
Dykstra knows how to draw his walks and he has hit the ball with quite a bit more authority in the past. Even so, you never want to see a supposedly advanced hitter flounder against Winter Ball competition that is a good deal weaker than Triple-A. There is always a danger that comes with reading too much into small sizes, but at the very least, Dykstra had an opportunity to get people to be more optimistic about his future and failed.