CASE STUDY: How A Minor Leaguer Started Maximizing His Offensive Production
Written by Tanner Stokey
When looking at Andrew’s assessment swing and data, we started to get a clear picture of what he did well and what we needed to work on.
After looking at his swing mechanics, my initial notes were:
- Slight early hip extension
- Slight loss of posture makes it difficult for him to create space for the arms, hands, and barrel to travel through the zone
- Point of contact is too far out in front
- Poor barrel direction
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Now, let’s get into the data.
What was good?
What was not?
Taking everything into account, the main goals and program focuses we created for him were:
- Get bat working deeper into the hitting zone for more consistent high-quality contact.
- Stay in a hip hinge and maintain posture throughout the swing more efficiently.
- Increase his launch angle on hard-hit balls (hard hit = any ball hit within 10 percent of his peak exit velocity).
- Increase his pull-side launch angle above 10 degrees.
- A big focus on contact quality and improving smash factor.
- Develop a consistent load by improving his hip hinge.
- Work on maintaining spine angle, with an emphasis on creating space.
When we look at his training results, Andrew improved in pretty much every area we set out for him. I would elaborate further here, but the numbers really do speak for themselves.
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To summarize, some of my biggest takeaways from Andrew’s improvements were:
- He is hitting the ball harder more often, and he’s doing so inside of optimal and more productive launch angle ranges.
- His batted ball quality improved significantly.
- Improvements in hip mobility allowed him to move more efficiently throughout his swing, which showed direct carry over to his batted ball metrics.
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Additionally, Andrew showcased some serious power during live at-bats…
We are very excited to follow Andrew’s 2021 season while he plays in the Washington Nationals’ farm system.
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