After struggling in the first two weeks of the season, hit safely in 14 straight games beginnings Apr. 14, hitting .434 during that span and boosting his average to .354 ... Hit first career home run on Sept. 19 vs. Philadelphia ... Had two other hot streaks with the bat, hitting .390 from May 16-30 and .350 from Aug. 16-28.
Scouting report.... by Mark Sosa
Rey Ordonez continued to dazzle in the field, but he also went backwards as an offensive player. Amid a pair of long slumps, he wasn't helped by having his season interrupted for six weeks when he broke a bone in his left hand while diving for a ball. He won a Gold Glove despite playing in just 120 games.
Ordonez may be the worst hitter among major league regulars. The best that can be said about his skills at the plate is that he makes contact. He's a free swinger who has virtually no power. He can be overmatched by average fastballs and is an automatic out if he hits the ball in the air. He also is guilty of frequently fishing for breaking balls out of the strike zone, and he almost never walks. Since hitting .354 in his first month in the majors, he has batted .228.
Baserunning & Defense
Ordonez has the speed to eventually be a solid basestealer, but his calling card is his glove. He's one of the most exciting defensive talents to come along in years. Ordonez' range may be the best of any shortstop in the game, and his flair is in the same class as that of Cleveland's Omar Vizquel. In addition, Ordonez has an exceptional throwing arm and the ability to make strong and accurate throws from a wide variety of angles. He'll sometimes get himself in trouble by trying to make an impossible play.
With two seasons under the belt, it's time for Ordonez to start show some maturity as a hitter and as a player. He sulked last year when he wasn't immediately put back into the lineup after his injury, and he's still erratic enough to worry the Mets. He has the talent to be another Ozzie Smith, or he could wind up being the next Rafael Belliard.
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