Catch Up With The Cajuns: Mike Strentz
Mike Strentz sweat probably more than any Ragin' Cajun to make the university proud. Literally, the guy could sweat with the best of them behind the plate.
Cajun Nation doesn't need to sweat when thinking about Strentz' life in professional baseball. He might not be behind the plate anymore, but his career is alive and well.
The Inland Empire 66ers took the catcher's gear off Strentz, and they're trying him out at first base and in the outfield. He has ten games under his belt protecting the bag at first, and he now spent 25 games adjusting to the outfield. He's a fierce competitor, and if he wants to get the Angels attention and get promoted like fellow Cajun Caleb Adams, he needs to keep grinding away.
It's taking a bit of an adjustment at the plate in Advanced A, but nobody said a life in baseball was going to be easy.
Strentz stroked the ball with the Orem Owlz in the rookie league back in 2014, hitting .330 with 21 extra base hits and 29 RBI in only 43 games. He hit .262 with 6 HR's in 2015 after getting promoted to the 66ers, but 2016 hasn't been so kind (currently hitting .230). On a bright note, he has four hits in his last two games and he's hitting .290 over a recent ten game stretch. Things might be looking up.
His ability to hit for power will keep the Angels interested, but he's going to have to get more comfortable in the outfield (.857 fielding percentage) and clean up his career strikeout to walk ratio (151 SO, 44 BB). Easier said than done, but Mike's a full grown man. He knows what it takes to get another call-up.
Nothing changed about his power. The same guy that sent balls into the pines at M.L. Tigue Moore Field is still doing the same in the minor leagues.
That blast was back when he was playing with the Owlz, so we would love it if Mike provided some more fireworks for us to share. The last homer he hit was at the end of May, so he's due for his June moonshot.
The only issue is, he's currently sitting on the seven day disabled list and hasn't played since June 6th. Get better, Mike; then get back to doing what you love.
Hopefully, the Arkansas Travelers will be calling soon, and Mike Strentz and Caleb Adams will be back on the same squad again. Until then, keep sending them two separate care packages, Cajun Nation. If they run out of boudin and chicken jalapeno sausage, they might not make it.
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