Chris Young of the Arizona Diamondbacks has always been able to hit home runs. He has averaged 23 dingers during his five year career in Arizona. His bugabbos at the plate have been low batting averages (.240 career average) and his high strikeout totals (an average of 147 per season). Hopefully for Young and the D-Backs, his hot Spring start (hitting almost .500 as of March 12th) can translate to a monster season.
According to a piece written by Steve Gilbert at MLB.com, Young started his off season program of hitting in November about a month earlier than usual. He also has made a slight adjustment with his hands, holding them higher on his bat. A notorious pull hitter, Young has been making a concentrated effort to hit the ball to all fields. Hopefully, the extra work can carry over to the start of the 2012 season. Let us also hope that this new approach does not reduce the home runs that D-Back fans have grown accustomed to from their Center Fielder.
They say to win in baseball you need to be solid up the middle (Catcher, Second Base, Shortstop and Center Field). With Stephen Drew’s return uncertain from his ankle injury, Young will be counted on more heavily to be a consistent run producer and continue to play solidly in the field. If the early Spring numbers are any indication, Chris Young will be up to the challenge.
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