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  1. qbsillest1
    qbsillest1 August 9, 2010 at 10:15 am |

    I know nothing about breaking down a swing, but I am interested to hear someone who knows about it to break it down….

  2. Don
    Don August 9, 2010 at 11:46 am |

    His swing is typical of a right handed power hitter.

    Lower Stance:

    It is nice, stable, and flowing with the upper body. He has the solid “A” frame that is typical upon contact with better hitters. He is not pulling away from the ball at all as his hips are square at contact. Notice that his left foot is slightly rolled to the edge, it is the type that show he gets full lower extension and every bit of power at of his swing. The nice thing to say is that he stayed in control in this at bat. When he goes slightly out of sync, you may see him pull away which would show ground out or strike out.

    Hand and upper body:

    His hands go slightly back up the whined up for his “loading phase”. Typical of power hitters is that he loads more than a contact guy. He has a slightly upper arc swing, again typical of power hitters. His path is a bit longer coming through the zone, but he makes up for it with quick hands. I would tend to shorten his loading phase with the quick hands. It would allow him the split second longer for pitch recognition, which has always been a problem with him. He maybe far too removed to make that slightly twitch in his swing.

    Overall, what makes him a power hitter sets him back as well. The lower arc and longer path make him a swing or miss guy that either hits a homerun or strikes out. You want to live with the “good”, than you also have to live with the “bad”.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan August 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm |

      Thanks, Don. Like you said, the “lower arc and longer path” combined with the fact he has no idea what to do with off speed will lead to some big strikeout numbers. Project Prospect’s swing analyst said this over Twitter:

      Better top hand extension + maybe slight elbow raise would= big improvements

      Would you agree with this?

  3. Don
    Don August 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm |

    If you can break down between 4 and 5 seconds into a 10 split images, it will show you why his swing is longer than I would like to see out of any good hitter. He has the skills to be a very good power hitter, but he needs to shorten the loading phase.

    His hands reach back as he loads and it is wasted motion, while increasing his swing by a fraction of a second. If he keeps his hands still, it would help place the down swing at a better angle. He could do this with raising his back elbow about two or three inches and force the hands still. If he needs the rocking effect, you have a quick jerk instead of the half foot hand movement. It will produce a shorter swing.

    His extension is not to a point where it needs correction to bring about improvements, as he drives the ball rather well. He could be better served by extending the leading arm as he has the slight chicken wing effect. But I do not think this is the root of his problem and it is not the guiding factor for his strikeouts.

    Keeping quite during the loading phase is the biggest improvement that would enhance his skills at the plate. It shortens his starting point by a few inches and he hands would not loop through the zone. He would still have a slight upper arc in his swing, but the shorter distance from point A to B could mean a tick split second improvement. It might not sound like much, but it could allow him to sit on pitches and improve his plate discipline.