Cubs’ Bryant Aims To Refine Hitting Approach

Despite a power-packed stint in the Arizona Fall League, Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant sees room for further improvement in his approach at the plate.  Bryant tells Sahadev Sharma (special to ESPN Chicago) that he was seeing the ball well in 2013, but knows he’ll face higher quality pitches, and needs to enter each at-bat in 2014 with a defined plan. Story link.

  • Bryant comments on his swing: “I just feel like when you have a lot of movement in your swing, your head’s moving, you start to think about your leg kick, getting your timing down, your load, your bat wiggle,” Bryant said. “If you go up there and you stay quiet and you’re not moving too much I think you have a better chance of seeing the ball and hitting it hard.”
  • Bryant discusses the mental game: “I try to just go up there with a clear mind every time, not worried about the past, the future, my batting average, how many home runs I hit, because you can’t control that stuff. You can only go up there with a clear mind and control the fact that you want a good pitch to hit, put a good swing on it and hit it hard, that’s the only thing you can control.”

Kris Bryant was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 18th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft from Bonanza HS (Las Vegas, NV) and the Chicago Cubs in the 1st round (2nd) of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of San Diego (San Diego, CA).

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