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  • Hitting Guidelines Posted in the Boston/Pawtucket Clubhouse

    Courtesy of: SoxProspects

    The guidelines are printed on four separate red, laminated sheets.

    Sheet One:

    SELECTIVELY AGGRESSIVE HITTER

    - Selectively aggressive under control to your zone
    - Have patience/wait for your pitch to drive
    - Know your zone/strike zone/strengths and weaknesses
    - See ball well and react to mistakes
    - Have a good two-strike approach
    - Not afraid to get behind in count
    - Have a PLAN and know pitch(es)/zone you want to hit
    - Prepared mentally and physically
    - Think swing every pitch in your zone until spin or location dictates otherwise

    Two:

    2K APPROACH SUMMARY
    - Mental adjustment is more important than physical
    - Self Talk - what are your 2K keys
    - Believe - in ability to hit with 2k's... without believing you may as well give the AB away
    - Cover outer half and let ball get deep/react in
    - Physical
    Choke up but remember physical adjustment is useless if there is no mental adjustment
    - Spread out - Experiment with no stride
    - Stay aggressive with your swing. The physical and mental adjustments should alllow you to attack the ball the way you do early in the count!!

    Three:

    WHAT IS A QUALITY PLATE APPEARANCE? (QPA)
    - An at-bat where you swing at pitches in your zone up until 2 strikes
    - An at-bat where you compete and battle the pitcher if you do get to 2 strikes (2K approach)
    - An at-bat where you execute an assigned task (hit&run/sac bunt/move runner over/score runner from 3rd with less than 2 out/move runners)
    - The hitter does not change his... (illegible)

    Four:

    HITTING... DAILY PREPARATION
    Mental Routine:
    - Know your body; are you feeling weak or strong; MIND must stay strong!
    - Know the pitcher; what does he feature
    - Know pitcher's stats going into game (command/numbers)
    - Know YOUR ZONE
    - Know game situation when you go to plate; what job needs to get done/PLAN
    - Positive self talk - Evict negative thoughts
    - Utilize video when needed

    Physical Routine:
    - Tee
    - Front Toss
    - Short Bat
    - Happy Gilmore (Walk Thru)
    - Mirror
    - On Deck Routine
    - Personal additional drills used in routine

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