Derek Jeter is currently riding a 15-game hitting streak all the way to a .420/.442/.642 line through the first 18 games of the year. It’s been an amazing revival and one that has his contract looking less onerous and more like a solid deal.
How did he turn it around? Jeter accounts it to better mechanics that allow him to see the ball longer. Whatever it is, it has scouts raving.
“He has a lot more bat speed,’’ a scout told George King of the NY Post. “Compared to last year, it’s a lot more. I don’t know what he did, but it has worked.’’
“The other night against Derek Holland, he got a 95-mph fastball on the hands and was quick enough to steer it up the middle,’’ the scout said. “If you don’t have bat speed you can’t do that.’’
Jeter certainly won’t be able to keep a .420 average going all season, but it is amazing what he has done so far and it seems likely that if he stays healthy that he’ll turn in another vintage Derek Jeter season. Pretty amazing that he can do that as he turns 38 this year.