San Diego's new shortstop this season has been very good at the plate and in the field recently for manager Bob Melvin. He's been so good that he recently has been moved to the top of the order.
During the winning streak, he has been the Padres best hitter. He's slashing .483/.531/.759 and has multiple hits in the last six games. Against the Rockies, he went 8-for-13 with five runs scored. During the streak, he has 14 hits, seven runs scored, and three RBI. He hit the walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday night to beat the Rockies, 2-0.
The former Boston Red Sox shortstop has played good defense all season long and that includes as of late. Wednesday, he made a leaping stab of a line drive hit by Brendan Rodgers and was able to throw to first base to try for a double play with Garrett Cooper, but the runner got back safely.
Going into next season, does he stay at shortstop or does San Diego move him around in the infield to insert some of their younger player into the lineup? That remains to be seen, but he is certainly finishing the season strong.