I've noticed over the past month or two that JJ Hardy has shown an improved approach at the plate. He was really being tormented with outside pitches for most of the year, and we all know he is primarily a pull hitter.
He's going to crush most pitch on the inside part of the plate, especially if you speed up his bat.
Thanks to Texas Leaguers(GREAT site by the way), we have the spray charts to look at. Check out the progresson of going opposite field over the past three weeks. It's quite impressive to see:
It's not super noticeable, but you can see that Hardy gradually started hitting the ball opposite field and registered 5 opposite field hits in the past 2 weeks. Can you ever remember a time that he did that? Take a look at this spray chart from the first week of the season:
Again, you can see that he mostly was pulling everything. Again, it's not exactly 100% noticeable just from these spray charts, but anyone that has been watching the games can tell that his approach has gotten much better at the plate. Mostly because he has laid off some outside pitches that were balls and that he has gone with some pitches on 2 strike counts instead of trying to pull them.http://pitchfx.texasleaguers.com/batter/429666/