saw his average dip in just eleven game from .286 on May 6th all the way down .230 on May 21st, going just 3-43 and failing to collect a multi-hit game during that time. With a two-hit game against Portland on Saturday, however, he hopes to have ended his drought at the plate.
"It was a good night and it's obviously good to come through in the clutch when it counts," Suttle said about his recent batting success in Saturday's game.
In addition to his walk off single in Saturday's game, Suttle also contributed two runs as he went deep off of Portland's Stolmy Pimentel in the bottom of the first.
Success has been hard to come by recently for Suttle, and identifying the problems which prevented it has been even harder.
"It's obviously been a tough year so far at times and I can't point to one thing," he said. "I think part of it is just a little bit better pitching and I just need to be more consistent with my approach at the plate."
Slumps happen to the best of players, and if there was an easy solution, then we would not see them nearly as often as we do. So, Suttle is just determined to keep plugging away and working hard.
"I think if I could just be more consistent with my approach then stuff's going to work out."
With a work ethic like Suttle's, and just 42 games into the season, fans should not be worried. It's only May, and the numbers will change — it's just a matter of time.
"I know right now my average is not where I want it to be but it is still early so I'm trying not to worry too much," said Suttle.
He hit a pair of triples in Thursday's afternoon tilt against Reading, and although two multi-games in his last four games played is not much to go by when looking at a trend, Thunder Manager Tony Franklin was never worried about Suttle's batting ability.
"Averages really don't mean anything at this level. In Double-A, someone will be a good major leaguer if they can develop the mentality and the control —the averages are just numbers," said Franklin.
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Last season, Bradley Suttle averaged a .272 with 80 RBI. He also was named the Florida State League Post-Season All-Star. However, a slow start to this season has left him batting barely over .200 for the month of May. Many in the Yankees organization, as well as fans, wait in anticipation for him to come out of his slump and to reach the same potential he had shown at the end of last year.
Bradley Suttle hasn't had the greatest month of May of he's trying to work through his slump.