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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Seattle Mariners prospect D.J. Peterson smacks fifth career grand slam for Jackson Generals | MiLB.com

Who is the Mariners’ minor league hitting instructor?

Just two levels shy of the Major Leagues, D.J. Peterson made some tweaks to his swing this offseason to try take those final steps. After a disappointing first half, he was left trying to clean up his own mess.

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“I think maybe in the offseason, I was trying to do a little too much,” he said. “I tweaked something and built a bad habit and took a long time to get out of it.”

Peterson has attempted to bust out of the slump in the video room. He’s studied video of his college days at New Mexico and from earlier in his professional career, noting that his hand positioning and other mechanics were different this season.

The 12th overall pick in the 2013 Draft set a season high with three homers in June and has a .259 average in July. The improvements have been small but steadily for the 6-foot-1 infielder.

“I had to figure out where I’d been with my load, where my hands were, to get back to where I was then,” he said. “I’ve just been trying to find my swing, where it was. I think the last couple months ... I’m starting to feel it a little better, find my swing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 11:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: d.j. peterson, mariners, prospect

Monday, July 13, 2015

Top 10 Futures Game moments | MLB.com

Lucas Giolito looks like a stud.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: futures game, prospect

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yoan Moncada notches first minor league hit - Sports - The Boston Globe

Now that his first hit is out of the way, I hope he can soon get that whole “walking on water” thing out of the way.

And then, finally, the reprieve arrived. Once again batting lefthanded against righthander Evan Beal, he swung at a 91-mile-per-hour first-pitch fastball on the hands and cued the ball down the third base line. He beat the throw by plenty, and the ball immediately was sent out of the game for authentication by MLB officials.

Perhaps he took a deep breath. Other members of the Greenville Drive took one on his behalf, hopeful that now — with his first hit, first runs, first RBI, and even first errors (Moncada committed a throwing error on Tuesday, his second in as many nights), the teenager can now settle into the routine of playing and developing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect, red sox, yoan moncada

 

 

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