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Scott Sizemore and Dean Anna Struggling Since Joining RailRiders

by Cory Nidoh | Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Scott Sizemore and Dean Anna are struggling at the plate since joining the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders after spending time in pinstripes with the New York Yankees.  The two players who the Yankees brought in to provide infield depth have been scuffling at the plate in their last ten games.

Sizemore, who signed as a Minor League free agent this offseason and began the season with the RailRiders, hasn’t had the success he had when he started off the season as one of the hottest hitters for the club.  In his last ten games the Virginia Beach, Virginia native is hitting just .152 (5-for-33) while striking out 13 times.  Sizemore has struck out in 23 of 29 games this season.

The third baseman was originally a fifth round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers back in 2006 and spent the 2010-11 season in Mo-town before being traded to the Oakland Athletics in 2011.  Sizemore is attempting to make a comeback as he is coming off his second ACL surgery after tearing his left ACL the last two seasons. In his brief stint as a Yankee, Sizemore went 4-for-13 (.308) with a pair of doubles and four RBI.

Scott Sizemore (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Scott Sizemore (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Anna, a product out of Ball State University, is hitting .167 (6-for-36) in his last ten games as his season-long average is below the Mendoza line at .197.  When the Yankees traded for Anna, some believed it could’ve been an underrated move as the right-handed swinging second baseman led the Pacific Coast League in batting average, second in doubles and tied for fourth in total bases a year ago.  However, after opening up the season with the Yankees where he hit .136 in 12 games; he was optioned to SWB on April 24 and hasn’t had success in the International League thus far.

With the production from Yangervis Solarte, the return of Brendan Ryan, and Kelly Johnson in the mix up in New York, Sizemore and Anna may be in Triple-A for an extended period of time.  Their offensive numbers aren’t opening any eyes in New York and an injury may be the only way one of the two see their numbers called again.

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