09/10/2011 - Accelerated Hitting Weekend (Pre-High School) Matthieu has a lot of potential and shows some very good things in his swing. At the same time he has some flaws that greatly reduce what he is capable of. He is a tall, athletic looking player who has some strength and hand speed however he must learn to let it loose when he swings. At present the biggest area that he needs to work on is letting the ball travel. Matthieu really likes to go out and get the ball rather than letting the ball come to him. This causes him to lose balance forward and to poke at the ball rather than taking a full swing through it. If he can learn to stay centered and not lunge forward and simply let the ball come to him it will allow him to take a full swing, rotate his hips through the ball and drive the ball with much more authority than he shows at present. His upper body mechanics are very good, his swing is short and compact and direct to the ball. However because he lunges forward with his legs and slides his hips forward it does not allow his lower body to work properly for him and add any power to the swing. Again this all comes back to letting the ball travel. Overall Matthieu is only scratching the surface of what he is capable of, with improvements in the areas that we mentioned above he should see significant improvements in his game.