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And now for another episode of “Hitting Made Easy” with Nate McLouth

Mar 18, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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Buster Olney discusses the key to Nate McLouth‘s hitting success this spring training:

Nate McLouth has never discussed hitting mechanics with the Braves’ new hitting coach, Larry Parrish. The only thing they’ve talked about getting McLouth back to being aggressive at the plate, and so in his at-bats this spring, he’s gone to the plate with a more focused approach: He looks for the ball in a particular part of the strike zone early in the count, and looks to do damage. If the ball is not in that spot, he takes the pitch.  This is working for him.

Honest question: Who does this not work for?

  1. BC - Mar 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    This is an anomaly. He hit what last year, something like .092? I wouldn’t bank on him becoming the next Tony Gwynn or something.

  2. Dan in Katonah - Mar 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    And when pitchers realize he is taking 1st pitch strikes to a certain part of the plate, he will start every at bat 0-1. Then he will have to adjust, so they adjust and we are back where we started. Maybe swing mechanics would be a better place to start to achieve long-term success.

    • trevorb06 - Mar 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Ummm, no. Batters do this approach but they move that spot around the strike zone so its never the same between innings. The ball comes so fast so this helps take some time off your swing if you already know you’re only swinging in a certain area as opposed to have to figure out where to swing.

  3. pacgnosis2 - Mar 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    To answer your question at the end of the post: Jeff Francoeur. Of course, for him, “particular part of the strike zone” was defined as “everything between you and the on-deck circle”… so maybe that was the problem.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Mar 18, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Another gem from Buster Olney.

    When are people going to stop lending credence to anything this guy says? He’s almost as moronic as Heyman.

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