Stone: History Says Dunn Will Break Through
CHICAGO (WSCR) Adam Dunn was one of the biggest free agent signings of the offseason. But after spending his entire career in the National League, there was some concern over how the slugger would transition from playing the field to be a full-time designated hitter.
And there’s a chance that was a legitimate concern, as Dunn has yet to hit his stride this season.
“He got a chance to play first base two games in a row, in Chicago,” Steve Stone said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “And, you know, hit the ball OK. Right now, the batting average, I’m looking at it, is .189…You keep on looking for the signs that maybe he’s going to break out of it.”
To go along with the .189 batting average, Dunn has four home runs 21 runs batted in and a .315 on-base percentage.
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“This is the first look that Dunn has had at the American League,” Stone said. “And quite frankly, I believe both the starting rotations and, especially, guys out of the bullpen, they can throw a little bit harder in the American League. Consequently for Adam, I think it’s been more of a struggle…You just have to wait. You know, he’s being paid for four years, a great deal of money, and you just have to try to wait and see when he’s going to come back and break out of it, only becuase he always has.