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De Leon Maturing

Kelvin De Leon is starting to pick it up. He had a decent season in 2011, leading the RiverDogs with 60 RBIs while racking up 100 hits — but 147 strikeouts plagued his average down to .221, raising concerns about his ability to perform consistently. Now, the 6-foot-2 right-fielder is focused on eliminating those strikeouts and making that phase a thing of the past.

"He's a lot more mature this year," RiverDogs' manager Carlos Mendoza said. "You can tell he knows what he needs to do to prepare himself to play the game. He's putting good at-bats together and not chasing pitches out of the strike zone." "Kelvin learned a lot last year," hitting coach Greg Colbrunn said. "Last year at the break he had quite a few home runs, but then he also had a ton of... Recommended Stories

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