Nolan Reimold is proving he has the ability to work his way down the major league skills checklist.
Hitting for power---check (9 HR).
Hitting for average---check (.429 avg since the break).
Hustle---check (no one on the roster runs harder on a routine ground ball).
Wait a minute---stolen bases???
Lately the answer has been yes, Reimold can run. As Dave Trembley said; it's just another thing he's working on on his way to becoming a complete baseball player. Back in spring training Trembley said stealing bases was one area Reimold can improve on because he does have the ability to run.
What's been impressive is just how well rounded Reimold actually is. Many had him pegged for a big, lenky, power hitter. He's proven them right----and much more.
In the last week and a half, Reimold has stolen four bases. He looks like an unliikely candidate to run, but the 6'4'' 205-pounder is proving he can get that big frame moving, and can also make good base running decisions.
Stealing bases takes not just speed, but confidence. After watching Reimold since his major league debut, it's become clear--- confidence is not lacking with the 25-year-old.
He told me before the game that he does have the greenlight to steal, and Trembley said the coaches are trying to help him out by choosing pitches for him to steal on. Reimold said we were going to see him steal more bases in the second half of the season.
The leftfielder sure didn't waste anytime as he ran on Kansas City's Bruce Chen in the 3rd inning of the game and was safe.
There's a bigger picture here. Seeing Reimold add aspects like stolen bases to his game is encouraging. It shows this young group of rookies is confident and is developing quickly.
When a club is 17-and-a-half games out of first place in the division, quick is a good thing.