11/08/2012 - Baseball Factory Training & Competition at Pirate City
Chris is a small built SS/RHP that will graduate in 2016. Defensively, he worked well getting around ground balls, fielding through the ball and throwing accurately with a consistent release. His exchange on double-play balls is clean and fluid. Footwork/agility drills, pre-pitch footwork, earlier glove presentation, and implementing a throwing program would be beneficial to his defensive game. On the mound, he throws two pitches, a fastball that has some arm side fade and a curve-ball with 11/5 shape. He is able to repeat his delivery, throw strikes consistently with his fastball and curve-ball, at times. Getting more extension, and getting to a more consistent balance point will be a good first step in improving pitching ability. Offensively, he has an ability to make contact, but needs to continue working on a consistent stride/load and finishing his swing with a through lower-half. Overall, the young two-way player has time to grow and improve to make himself a potential prospect in within the next couple years.
09/15/2012 - Hitting Accelerated Training Weekend (Commuter) (Ages 14-18)
Chris needs to develop a stride and load that is separate from his swing. Since he tends to start his swing before his front foot is down, he rushes his swing which leads to him using a lot of arms, and not getting his lower half involved. If he works on the stride and load he will be able to slow his body and the process down, which will lead to a swing with the body rather than just arms. With this adjustment he will also see an increase in power and consistency as well, using the body will not only increase the power, but as also consistency due to it being easier to control the barrel when you are using more than the arms. Also Chris needs to let his swing finish, he tends to rush back to his stance after he swings. He needs to let his lower and upper half finish, allowing for more power and a well-balanced swing. Chris did a good job of making adjustments during the weekend, and also we liked how Chris attacked the baseball; he had an aggressive approach which will allow him to be a better hitter in the future.