"Obviously, Steve is swinging the bat well," Showalter said. "I was telling him when we sent him out, trying to be blunt to a fault about what they need to do while they're there. I talked to him about continuing to be engaged with the pitcher, catching and throwing. I told him, 'You're going to be out of options next year, so you're going to be able to control this. Heck, try to present yourself for us and everybody else in the game as good as possible.' I said go down there and lead the league in hitting."