Hats Off to Nick Van Stratten for a Good Week at a Bad Time

Last week I wrote about the demotion of Nick Van Stratten and the dire implications being sent back to A-ball had for his career.

None of that has changed. NVS is not at a crossroads, he's now at the point where the road has turned for the worse. He's 26, in a strong system, at Wilmington, the team's high A affiliate.

Nevertheless, in his first week as a Blue Rock, Van Stratten has hit very well, posting a .458/.500/.583 line in seven games. Mr. Celery must be very proud.

Will this hot streak get Van Stratten back to AA anytime soon? Probably not. Nor does it augur anything greater than what it is, a nice week at a low level. That being said, it would have been sad to see Van Stratten get demoted and then hit poorly at a place he was at years ago.

For now, Van Stratten is making the most of his unwanted return to Wilmington. He doesn't have a future as a Royal, but there are 29 other teams. I thought, and still do, that he should use the demotion as an opportunity to really think about leaving the game while he was still relatively young. Such a move would have been drastic, but justified. Instead, he went for the route of continuing to pursue his dream. Onward.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker