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Reid Brignac’s power outage continues

Apr 28, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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The Rays pounded out 19 hits on Thursday, scoring 15 runs in a rout of the Twins. Six of those hits went for extra bases, including homers from Casey Kotchman and Ben Zobrist.

Uninvited to the party, though, was Reid Brignac. He managed just a single in five at-bats. The Rays’ starting shortstop has now had 57 at-bats this season and hasn’t managed a double, a triple or a homer in any of them.

That’s quite a change for Brignac, who was annointed the Rays’ starting shortstop after Jason Bartlett was traded to the Padres. He earned the job by collecting eight homers and 13 doubles in 301 at-bats last year. He drove in 45 runs. At that pace over a full season of 550 at-bats, he would have finished with 15 homers and 82 RBI. In his major league career, he had managed an extra-base hit every 12 at-bats.

But to start 2011, Brignac has gone four weeks without one and he’s lost some playing time as a result. It’s enough to make one wonder whether the Rays might send him down when Evan Longoria comes off the DL next week. They’d lose something defensively by going that route, but they do have three shortstop alternatives on the roster in Felipe Lopez, Sean Rodriguez and Elliot Johnson.

  1. skerney - Apr 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Brig will come around. He’s going to be great.

    • spudchukar - Apr 28, 2011 at 5:50 PM

      I second that.

  2. mmuzia - Apr 28, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Homer from Casey Kotchman? Are you sure that isn’t a typo?

  3. Reflex - Apr 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Both Brignac and Rodriguez are fantastic prospects. I hope they both come around soon, could be a great infield with those two and Longoria. Not many teams have the luxury of a power bat at all three of those positions.

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