Baseball America Updates On Two Pirates’ Second Base Prospects – Pirates Prospects
My final Baseball America article is up, covering Nick Gonzales and how he cleaned up his swing. You may remember last year I did a side-by-side video comparison of this swing, noting some of the changes.
After this video, I spoke with Pirates farm manager John Baker and Gonzales himself. The changes weren’t intentional or direct, but rather a reaction to better speed and improving his body’s starting shape to react to that speed.
You can read more about this on BA.
Also at Baseball America, Matt Eddy looks at ten batters who have impressed in winter ball, and Rodolfo Castro is ranked number five. Castro has hit .235/.395/.388 in the Dominican Republic this year.
Castro will have a shot at second baseman in Pittsburgh this year, having spent time in that position in 2021. Gonzales is shaping up to be the long-term second baseman, but likely won’t be ready in 2022. That It’s time for Castro to try and earn a starting role, before he’s relegated to a utility role on the pitch.
Spotlight on hacker perspectives
Williams: walking and chewing gum
My column this week on Pirates Prospects examines how to instantly switch your mindset between two approaches, and how difficult that process can be for a hitter. This could be a big reason why we see so many true three-way approaches in baseball today, as players have focused on one specific aggressive approach, without learning a second, more conservative approach that they can switch to in the same at- bat.