OAKLAND -- Indians manager Manny Acta has noticed something about third baseman Jack Hannahan lately.
"He's very confident, right now," Acta said. "Lefty, righty, it doesn't matter who's out there. He's giving us good at-bats."
Through the first couple of weeks of this season, Hannahan has been one of Cleveland's most productive hitters, providing some stability in the lower third of the lineup. It has been a continuation of the strong finish the third baseman enjoyed down the stretch last year, when he hit .368 over the final six weeks of the season.
Heading into Saturday's game, Hannahan was hitting .324 with one home run, two doubles and a team-high 11 RBIs. Within that showing, he is hitting .833 (5-for-6) with two outs and runners in scoring position and .600 (6-for-10) overall with runners in scoring position. He's also hit .417 (5-for-12) with two outs, as well as .409 (9-for-22) against right-handed pitchers and .333 (6-for-18) on the road.
All of this has come from a hitter who carried a .231 career average into this season.
"It's nice to see him do that," Acta said. "We've always felt that he was a better hitter than what he's been in the Minor Leagues the last couple of years. As long as he doesn't try to do too much and just continues to spray the ball all over the field -- hit line drives and once in a while pop a ball out -- he's going to be OK."