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Video Illustrates How Chris Stratton Went from 1st Round Bust to Frontline Ace

By Straight108

Piggy-backing off of my previous article on Chris Stratton’s emergence, today I’ll expand on why his reliance on a new, vertically breaking curveball (rather than his slider) has been such an effective weapon for Stratton and his ability to keep hitters honest and off balance. Since July of 2017, Stratton has gone from a forgotten…

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Have We Seen the Last of Baseball’s “Pure Hitter”?

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As Giants fans, we are outsiders looking in on a homerun surge that is sweeping through just about every ballpark in America. Not only does AT&T Park rank dead last in homeruns hit per game (.61), the Giants as a team have hit just 129 homeruns through 157 games. To put that into perspective, the…

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As dominant as Shohei Ohtani can be on the mound, his true calling may be with the bat

By Straight108

Yesterday, I dove into Shohei Ohtani’s skill set as a pitcher and how I view his floor (talent-wise) as a Josh Beckett-type. Today, I’ll look at Ohtani as a hitter to expose some of the things he does well in hopes of determining how his swing will translate to facing Major League pitching. The first…

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Video Exposes Strong Similarities Between Japan’s Shohei Ohtani and a Former World Series MVP

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Despite pitching in only 1 game this season due to injury, 22-year-old Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani will have teams lining up for his services whenever he decides to make the transition from the Pacific League to Major League Baseball. Ohtani is fresh off an MVP season where he went 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA as…

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Tracking Tim Tebow’s Progress as a Hitter in the Minor Leagues

By Straight108

2005 marked the best season of my minor league baseball career, batting .290 with 52 RBI’s and 63 runs scored (in 119 games) while serving primarily as a leadoff hitter and utility infielder for the Lansing Lugnuts (Low-A) of the Midwest League. That season, I was named the Lugnuts’ Offensive Co-MVP, was selected to the…

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Part 1 – The Role of a Hitting Coach in College & Professional Baseball

By Straight108

For Giants fans, the 2017 season has been an unexpected disaster. With a core of star players all either entering or firmly in the midst of their prime, fans fully expected the Giants to compete for a World Championship, something they’ve done consistently since 2009. Instead, the Giants have combined an inability to stay healthy…

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The Role of Video Analysis in Addressing Offensive Inefficiencies

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As I touched on in yesterday’s analysis, one of the biggest issues fans have with the Giants’ 11-22 start is the lack of production from the teams highest priced players. Heading into 2018, the Giants will owe Buster Posey $22.1 million, Hunter Pence $18.5 million, Brandon Belt $17.2 million, Brandon Crawford $15.2 million, and Denard…

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Part 2: The Mental Game of Hitting – The Importance of In-Game Adjustments

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Part 2 of this 2-part series addresses the hitters approach to different types of pitchers and pitches (as discussed in Part 1). As a college hitting coach of 8+ years, one of the biggest differences I notice between professionals and college (or high school) players is the ability to not only formulate a plan before…

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The Mental Game of Hitting: The Role of Pitcher Classification on In-Game Adjustments

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As I touched upon back on April 9th, Giants hitters have struggled mightily to make in-game adjustments, a trend that continued today in their loss to the Dodgers. The Giants scored only 1 run in 10 innings, and their lack of production spoiled another strong pitching performance, this time from Matt Moore. According to Baseball-Reference.com, the Giants…

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The Importance of Quality At-Bats & Hard Hit Balls

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In place of analyzing another loss (to preserve my own sanity), I’m posting a quality at-bat & hard hit ball chart from the first 17 games of the season. Throughout my coaching and playing career, I always did my best to focus on these two areas because they’re built around controllable outcomes. As a hitter,…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Video Illustrates How Chris Stratton Went from 1st Round Bust to Frontline Ace

April 20, 2018
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It Should be Stanton-or-Bust for the 2018 Giants

October 27, 2017
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Reading Between the Lines – Bruce Bochy Officially on the Hot-Seat

October 22, 2017
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Game 3 of ALDS a reminder as to why the Giants stick to their blueprint

October 17, 2017
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The Houston Astros have an offensive blueprint the Giants should follow

October 6, 2017
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Armed with a Top 2 Pick in Next Years Draft, Here’s Who the Giants Should Target

October 1, 2017
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Looking Ahead to 2018 – Why Mike Moustakas Isn’t the Answer for the Giants at 3rd Base

September 29, 2017
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Numbers Don’t Reflect Matt Cain’s Greatness

September 27, 2017
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Have We Seen the Last of Baseball’s “Pure Hitter”?

September 26, 2017
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Looking Ahead to 2018 – The San Francisco Giants Bullpen

September 23, 2017
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Despite a dominant repertoire, Jeff Samardzija is one of the hardest-hit pitchers in baseball. Here’s why…

September 10, 2017
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Brandon Belt has been, and will continue to be one of baseball’s most under appreciated All-Stars

September 8, 2017
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Madum is a good-hitting pitcher, but is he a good hitter?

September 4, 2017
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Giants Jeopardizing Future with Every Game Posey Catches in ’17

September 1, 2017
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Young hitters can learn a lot from the development of Giants’ 2nd round pick, Jacob Gonzalez

August 27, 2017
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MLB Can Show Commitment to Innovation with Implementation of Electronic Strikezone

August 21, 2017
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As dominant as Shohei Ohtani can be on the mound, his true calling may be with the bat

August 19, 2017
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Video Exposes Strong Similarities Between Japan’s Shohei Ohtani and a Former World Series MVP

August 18, 2017
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Giancarlo Stanton may just be scratching the surface of what he’s capable of

August 12, 2017
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Tracking Tim Tebow’s Progress as a Hitter in the Minor Leagues

August 9, 2017
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10 reasons why nobody could have predicted Aaron Judge’s emergence

July 13, 2017
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A Developmental Blueprint for Heliot Ramos’ Path to the Big Leagues

July 7, 2017
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Where Have All the Catchers Gone?!?

June 26, 2017
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Part 1 – The Role of a Hitting Coach in College & Professional Baseball

June 16, 2017
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The Role of Video Analysis in Addressing Offensive Inefficiencies

May 8, 2017
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After 17 years in college and professional baseball, I wanted to share what I've learned along the way. So, I created Straight 108.

 

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