El Paso, TX – Ryan Schimpf is back in El Paso, where he made a great run before the call up to the Padres in 2016. Schimpf was a big reason the El Paso team batted as well as they did, but his number have not translated to the Major Leagues. Schimpf was optioned to El Paso on June 9.
The 29-year old infielder has a team high 14 home runs, but is batting a majors-low .158 while striking out in more than a third of his plate appearances. Schimpf had just eight hits, five of them home runs, in his last 61 at-bats. Over that span, he drew six walks and struck out 31 times.
"I wasn’t performing like I was capable of doing. It’s not fun to come down, but I definitely need to improve, get more consistent, and hopefully get back up there soon," said Schimpf. Chihuahuas manager Rod Barajas added, "My message to him is you did this last year. You dominated at this level. Just go up there with confidence and just play the game that you know how to play and you’ll get back to where you need to be."
Chihuahuas are 36-36 overall, and will start a four-game series at Albuquerque on Thursday, June 22.