Schimpf Getting Back To Game Speed

Dunedin infield prospect Ryan Schimpf has had some success at the plate, batting .333 with an on base percentage of .450 in 2011. These numbers, however, come from a small sample size of 33 at-bats, due to Schimpf being sidelined much of the first-half of the season recovering from surgery on his knee.

"It was pretty much throughout the whole year last year," Ryan Schimpf said of his knee tendinitis, the reason for his surgery. "It was just one of those nagging things and it just never went away so [they] had to finally go in there and clean it up."

The surgery came approximately a week before spring training started this year, and Schimpf had been rehabbing up until early June. Schimpf explained the difficulty of having to rehab instead of contributing to his team on a daily basis.

"It's tough because you definitely want to be out there with the team and playing to win," he said. "It's especially tough because I room with [Sean] Ochinko on the team and we'll have totally different schedules; he's going to the park at night, middle of the day. I'm getting home when he's leaving. It's definitely tough because you wanna see the guys out here and you definitely wanna be out playing with them."

Schimpf's first game back was on June 9th, when he went 0-3 with a walk and strikeout. Since then, he has appeared in eight more games, collecting eleven hits, six for extra bases, as well as nine RBIs. Dunedin Manager Clayton McCullough is staying positive on Schimpf's return, as he sees solid at-bats from the infielder even at this early stage.

"I think there's a lot of capabilities offensively. He's got a tremendous swing, he's a pretty good runner. For a guy that didn't have any at-bats coming into the time he got here, this whole season, his at-bats have been very good," McCullough said. "He's been positive and he's come back and had good at-bats so I think the main thing is just having to gauge health-wise and make sure he's still feeling okay.

"He feels like he can start pushing himself forward a little bit more as he gets his legs back underneath him. He'll do well here because he's got ability to do it and it's just a matter of trying to get him caught up with everybody else."

McCullough also weighed in on Schimpf's defensive game.

"I think right now defensively it's more getting back to game speed. Missing that much time, and you take some ground balls in a practice-type setting but it's different when you get out there," he stated.

"Things are happening in the game and you're running the cut-off position, you're backing up bases, so I think it's just gonna take him a little time just to get back catching up to the speed of the game and getting his repetitions, but he'll be fine in that end."

Schimpf is returning from a 2010 season in which he was named a Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star. For Lansing, he batted .240 with an OBP of .332, hitting six home runs and driving in 45.

After making the move to High-A Dunedin for the last handful of weeks, however, his numbers dipped. In 18 games, he batted .221 and drove in seven. Whether it was the festering injury or change in competition that held Schimpf back, Coach McCullough feels as though Schimpf was fine in his brief stint with Dunedin last season.

"It's tough to say with that injury. I know just talking with him last year that it was bothering him some. To how much it affected his performance, he probably could answer that better, but I think a lot of guys come in here for the first time initially there is an adjustment to be made, and Ryan did fine," McCullough said.

"A lot of the times those numbers can be misleading. He was very competitive in the games and hit some balls hard, but just didn't fall for him."

Now that Schimpf can put that injury in the past and focus on competitive play once again, he said what he needs to work on now is getting back into a routine of being in ballgames.

"I guess just getting back to the everyday grind of playing nine innings every day," Schimpf stated. "That's the big thing, just getting back into that and going hard at it every day."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It was pretty much throughout the whole year last year,\" Ryan Schimpf said of his knee tendinitis, the reason for his surgery. \"It was just one of those nagging things and it just never went away so [they] had to finally go in there and clean it up.\"
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\r\nThe surgery came approximately a week before spring training started this year, and Schimpf had been rehabbing up until early June. Schimpf explained the difficulty of having to rehab instead of contributing to his team on a daily basis.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's tough because you definitely want to be out there with the team and playing to win,\" he said. \"It's especially tough because I room with [Sean] Ochinko on the team and we'll have totally different schedules; he's going to the park at night, middle of the day. I'm getting home when he's leaving. It's definitely tough because you wanna see the guys out here and you definitely wanna be out playing with them.\"
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\r\nSchimpf's first game back was on June 9th, when he went 0-3 with a walk and strikeout. Since then, he has appeared in eight more games, collecting eleven hits, six for extra bases, as well as nine RBIs. Dunedin Manager Clayton McCullough is staying positive on Schimpf's return, as he sees solid at-bats from the infielder even at this early stage.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think there's a lot of capabilities offensively. He's got a tremendous swing, he's a pretty good runner. For a guy that didn't have any at-bats coming into the time he got here, this whole season, his at-bats have been very good,\" McCullough said. \"He's been positive and he's come back and had good at-bats so I think the main thing is just having to gauge health-wise and make sure he's still feeling okay.
\r\n
\r\n\"He feels like he can start pushing himself forward a little bit more as he gets his legs back underneath him. He'll do well here because he's got ability to do it and it's just a matter of trying to get him caught up with everybody else.\"
\r\n
\r\nMcCullough also weighed in on Schimpf's defensive game.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think right now defensively it's more getting back to game speed. Missing that much time, and you take some ground balls in a practice-type setting but it's different when you get out there,\" he stated.
\r\n
\r\n\"Things are happening in the game and you're running the cut-off position, you're backing up bases, so I think it's just gonna take him a little time just to get back catching up to the speed of the game and getting his repetitions, but he'll be fine in that end.\"
\r\n
\r\nSchimpf is returning from a 2010 season in which he was named a Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star. For Lansing, he batted .240 with an OBP of .332, hitting six home runs and driving in 45.
\r\n
\r\nAfter making the move to High-A Dunedin for the last handful of weeks, however, his numbers dipped. In 18 games, he batted .221 and drove in seven. Whether it was the festering injury or change in competition that held Schimpf back, Coach McCullough feels as though Schimpf was fine in his brief stint with Dunedin last season.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's tough to say with that injury. I know just talking with him last year that it was bothering him some. To how much it affected his performance, he probably could answer that better, but I think a lot of guys come in here for the first time initially there is an adjustment to be made, and Ryan did fine,\" McCullough said.
\r\n
\r\n\"A lot of the times those numbers can be misleading. He was very competitive in the games and hit some balls hard, but just didn't fall for him.\"
\r\n
\r\nNow that Schimpf can put that injury in the past and focus on competitive play once again, he said what he needs to work on now is getting back into a routine of being in ballgames.
\r\n
\r\n\"I guess just getting back to the everyday grind of playing nine innings every day,\" Schimpf stated. \"That's the big thing, just getting back into that and going hard at it every day.\"
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