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Draft Prospect Video – Dustin Ackley

This is how good hitters get hits. They stay back, keep their bat in the zone for a long time, and go with the pitch.

Direct link here. Video from youtube.com, username CamdenDepot.

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June 5, 2009 - Posted by | Draft Prospect Videos |

3 Comments »

  1. Really?!? Ackley’s a GREAT hitter, but he’s out front on that pitch (at least a little)… The vid-poster should have posted a clip from a different swing. Dustin has zero leverage at the end of that swing – again, I’m not saying he doesn’t swing well, just on that pitch he’s out front (probably expecting a fastball and making contact with an offspeed/breaking pitch.

    Comment by Peter Friberg | June 5, 2009 | Reply

    • There’s no doubt that he was fooled, but watch how he keeps the bat head back. He wasn’t trying to drive it in the air.

      Comment by andyseiler | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. That’s my video — I agree Ackley was out in front, but if you watch him regularly (I’ve seen him around seven times this year) this isn’t an uncommon swing. He has a long stride and (as Andy points out) keeps his bat in the hit zone a very long time to help make up for it.

    It’s part of the reason I don’t see him projecting to ML average power (though I believe I’m in the minority there). I don’t think he’ll have his swing tweaked much, ultimately settling in as a gap-to-gap bat excelling at contact.

    Comment by Nick James | June 6, 2009 | Reply


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