He’s only played in 36 career games, but Edwin Rios has already done enough to excite Dodgers fans. In 63 at bats, Rios has already mashed seven home runs. If you think that’s pretty good, it’s because it is.
Edwin Ríos has 7 MLB homers in 63 at-bats, 1 every 9 ABs. Babe Ruth hit 1 every 11.8 ABs. pic.twitter.com/bF8oylqVuX— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 8, 2020
“I’m just trying to get better every day,” Rios said when asked about his early success in the show. “Just trying to find a way to tune up my game and be the best version of me. I look forward to keep doing that.”
Rios has always known he has a great bat. Every offseason, he makes sure to prioritize his defense, that way it’ll give him a better opportunity to find consistent playing time.
“The last few years, defense has been a priority for me,” he said. “Each offseason, just trying to get better. Trying to see what works for me. I feel like I’ve gotten to a spot where I realize where my body works best and what arm slots work better. Hope it’ll translate on the field.”
Through his first 36 games, Rios has accumulated 114 2⁄3 innings in the field. He’s played all over, from first base to third base to the outfield. Rios said that the Dodgers have told him to be ready, should they need to put him anywhere in the field. However, if it were up to him, third base would be the position he’d like to lock down.
“For me, third base is a prime position,” he said. “If I can play third, I can play anywhere else.”
As mentioned, Rios knows he has some amazing power. Although he’s capable of crushing homers nearly 500 feet. “I’ve been hitting the ball hard for a while,” he said. “I try not to sit on the distance or see how far a ball goes. I just try to have good at bats and just enjoy it.
“My goal is always to put in the work. Just to see the results and see how everything is going, it’s a really good feeling. I have to keep taking care of business.”