Den Dekker Ready To Go
Not only did he hit .220 for the Buffalo Bisons last year, he struck out a whopping 90 times in 77 games. Those numbers were a far cry from his .340 average in Double-A Binghamton in the first half of the season. "It was kind of similar to the year before," he said. "I started out hot for the first half and then couldn't keep it going for the second half. "I got moved up both years and maybe that had an effect on me, but my goal for this year to put together a complete full season and not just be that guy that can perform just in the first half but do it all year round." In 2011 he began the year hitting .296 in the first half of the season for the St. Lucie Mets before finishing out the year batting just .235 for Double-A Binghamton. While it would seem the step up in levels would be the reason, den Dekker thinks it's more than that. "I thought I was up to the challenge of the [step up in] competition," he said. "It's such...
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