For any player to be named an All-Star is a huge achievement. But every season there are a few players whose selection to the Mid-Summer Classic feels a little sweeter. The Colorado Rockies have one such player at this year’s All-Star Game.
Prior to the 2019 season, Sports Illustrated released an in-depth projection for the Colorado Rockies’ season. Much of the story was taken from a conversation with an unnamed “rival scout” who gave his thoughts on the team’s strengths and weaknesses.
Though many of the scout’s points were insightful, one recurring theme throughout his breakdown of the Rockies was his take on outfielder David Dahl. He named Dahl as the Rockies’ most overrated player, biggest “bust candidate,” and the last player he’d want at the plate at a season-defining moment, at least “versus a lefty.”
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He also said that Dahl’s play would be hampered by his injury history, saying he was “like glass” and describing his play as “tentative.” The scout claimed he had “never seen the guy leave his feet for a ball” and quipped, “the next time you see him lay out for a ball, send me a text.”
Halfway through 2019, David Dahl has proved every bit of that wrong. Not only has he made numerous great plays in the outfield, but he has also stayed healthy for most of the season so far. Heading into Friday’s game in Arizona, Dahl’s also actually hit better against lefties (.330/.370/.560) than right-handers (.312/.358/.548).
The last word anyone watching Dahl on a nightly basis would use to describe his play is “tentative.”
For Dahl, the chance to prove doubters wrong comes after several years of battling to even get a chance to play every day.