The previous two seasons have not gone like Narciso Crook and the Cincinnati Reds would have liked. Injuries have limited him to just a total of 59 games played between 2016 and 2017. To begin the year, finally healthy, the 22-year-old is back in Dayton for a 3rd season (2015, 2016).
The season started out a bit slow when it came to the hits. Over the first three games, Narciso Crook went 0-8 with two walks. In the next four games, though, he picked up six hits, including four extra-base hits.
After a big game on Wednesday, which included four runs driven in, the owner of the best baseball twitter handle (@thatoutfielder) kept things going last night. Crook would add two more hits, and a walk in five trips to the plate. One of his hits, as shown in the above video, was a 2-run home run to dead center field.
There’s plenty to like from Narciso Crook. He’s an athletic 6′ 3″ and 220 lbs. He can run. And he can throw. He hits that baseball very hard. That hasn’t always translated in the statline – though he last played more than a month when he was a 19-year-old in Dayton. But, the 2018 season is out to a strong start for the toolsy outfielder. Through the first seven games he’s hitting .286/.360/.619.
Luis Gonzalez extends his hitting streak
The 2018 season has only had eight games to it for the Daytona Tortugas. Shortstop Luis Gonzalez has had a hit in each one of them. He’s hitting .407 (11-for-27) on the year with a .630 slugging percentage. His 2017 season ended with an active 9-game hitting streak.
Between the two seasons, Luis Gonzalez has now hit in 17 straight games. He’s racked up 26 hits in that span, including seven extra-base hits. That’s led to a .394/.412/.576 line in his last 68 plate appearance for the Daytona Tortugas since last August.