Telvin Nash’s power has been a perfect match for the high Class A California League. Nash homered for the 10th time in 26 games on Monday, taking over the Cal League lead and moving into a tie for fourth in the minors.
When he hasn’t been hitting home runs though, Nash, 21, has shown the rest of his offensive game still needs some work. Nash broke out of a 3-for-33 slump by going 3-for-4 with a homer and a double in Lancaster’s game against Bakersfield on Monday, raising his slash line to .238/.322/.574 in 101 at-bats.
Nash’s power potential is considerable, but he takes too many empty swings and needs to smooth out his stroke. The righthanded-swinging Nash is hitting at just a .197 clip (15-for-76) against righty pitchers this year. He’s had no problems driving balls when he has connected, as seven of his 15 hits against righties have left the yard, but he’s also fanned 30 times against them, part of his 42 strikeouts overall in 26 games. He's also learning to play left field after primarily being a first baseman before this year. Jonathan Singleton's arrival to the organization blocked Nash's path at first base.
Nash homered last night off Reds prospect Tony Cingrani, the first homer Cingrani, who sports a 0.53 ERA, has permitted this year. While that’s a notable feat for Nash, it was also home game for his Lancaster squad. While Nash’s power is legitimate, there’s no denying Lancaster is one of the best hitters’ parks in the minors. Eight of his 10 homers have been hit either in Lancaster or on the road at High Desert, the Cal League’s other homer haven.