Nash Looking To Turn It Around
April 25, 2009
Lake County first baseman Chris Nash is hoping to turn things around this season.
Nash had a promising season in 2007 where he hit .303 with 3 HR, 33 RBI and had an .806 OPS in 63 combined games with short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley and the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Indians. He went into the 2008 season as one of the up-and-coming young prospects in the organization, but once he got to spring training last year things unraveled on him.
Shortly into spring training last year Nash came down with an injury to the lat muscle in his right shoulder area. It cost him a lot of time in spring training, so when the season started and he was assigned to Single-A Lake County at the outset of the season he was behind and not really ready for game action. The injury lingered all year, moving into his shoulder and then his triceps area. He was in and out of the lineup as a result and never could get into a rhythm offensively. He finished the year in Lake County hitting just .230 with 5 HR, 38 RBI and a .642 OPS in 74 games.
This year, things have been much different so far from a health standpoint. While he is off to a slow start again in his return trip to Lake County hitting just .167 with 0 HR, 6 RBI and a .395 OPS in 13 games so far, the key for him is he is healthy and that he had a much better spring training experience this year.
"Yeah, I feel good,