MMLN: Top Tools – Hitting For Average
10. Aderlin Rodriguez – Rodriguez had something of a breakout season in the Appalachian League showing off his strength, raw power and the nascent signs of his projectability. There is little doubting the raw power the third baseman possesses, but when it comes to contact and hitting for average Rodriguez is just getting started. Yes, he hit .312 for Kingsport this season but a lot of hand movement and weight shifting in his swing call for some cleaning up in his swing mechanics. He has excellent bat speed and strong hands and wrists, but the tweaking necessary for his swing keep him in the back of the pack—for now. 9. Matt Den Dekker - Den Dekker went straight to Savannah and showed age was not the only reason he was capable of tackling the level as a rookie. Den Dekker puts a lot of effort in his swing, but that is compensated by fairly basic mechanics that allow him to put the ball into play without too much noise. Though he can get a touch long at times and can be...
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