In the future, whenever you want reassurance that yes, it is possible to bust out of an extended slump, look no further than Yankees fan favorite prospect Andrés Chaparro and the work he's done at Triple-A Scranton.
Coming off a spring training power showcase rivaled only by Jasson Dominguez, Chaparro was sent back to Triple-A. Considering he wasn't on the 40-man roster, that was always bound to happen, but ... at least Yankee fans got the opportunity to see up close that his pop was legit.
Unfortunately, that demotion sent him into a tailspin. Chaparro did not record his first hit of the season until the RailRiders' ninth game, breaking an 0-for-29 skid with -- what else? -- a home run.
Since that day (April 8), Chaparro has been an absolute house afire. Within a month, the slugger got himself up to .281 (again, from .000!) with 10 bombs, a .351 OBP and a .938 OPS.
Tuesday night was his masterpiece; Chaparro went 5-for-5 with a grand slam, sending his numbers to their current peak. Take that, Keith Law?
Yankees prospect Andrés Chaparro drills grand slam, up to .938 OPS
Chaparro still has a ways to go before he'll be considered for big-league promotion; after all, the Yankees don't just give their 40-man spots away, and are only a few months removed from tossing the slugger to the wolves by leaving hm unprotected before the Rule 5 Draft.
Luckily, no one took him. No one wanted to carry one of Triple-A's hottest hitters and top exit velocity merchants on their 26-man roster all year long. Not one rebuilding team wanted a piece of this action. Thanks! Thanks a bunch.
While it took a little longer than we would've liked, Chaparro has clearly begun his assault on International League pitching, and his ascent now seems plausible. Combine Tuesday's heroics with Dominguez's budding hot streak, despite not getting more than one pitch to hit per game at Double-A (.184 average/.382 OBP), and you've got an offensive infusion waiting in the wings whenever the Yankees dare to dip into it.