Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers watches as he grounds into a double play in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 7, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The Texas Rangers are still waiting — not as patiently — for Prince Fielder's bat to begin to come around after they traded Ian Kinsler to Detroit for the slugging first baseman and picked up his insane contract.
So far, Fielder's stint in Texas hasn't gone as planned, but his bat is starting to show signs of life.
After Sunday's 3-for-5 performance — his first three-hit game in a Texas uniform — he's currently riding a five-game hitting streak, which has seen his batting average grow from .200 to .228. He still has just two home runs, and hasn't gone yard since April 19 against the White Sox.
On Sunday, he hit two smoked doubles down the first-base line, both of which drove in runs. He finished the day with two RBIs to give him 11 on the season and also drew two more walks, giving him 19 on the season.
It sounds like Fielder is going to remain in the cleanup spot after starting the year in 3-hole, where the Rangers seem to want to put Adrian Beltre and help him out of his mini-slump. So they're going to be counting on Fielder's bat to come to life.
That power is still absent, but the bat is showing some signs of promise.