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Adjustments evident in Storm prospects

Craig Cooper

Hitting coach Max Venable has moved up to Triple-A Portland but was part of a new Championship team in Lake Elsinore. We spoke with Venable about Kyle Blanks showing power, the tale of two halves for Mike Baxter, Craig Cooper turning on inside pitches, Seth Johnston finding a spot defensively, and Josh Alley back on the map.

Kyle Blanks changed his stance from the year before and really seemed to free up his hands. Was that a big reason for his success this year? Max Venable: They tinkered with him a little at Instructs and closed him up and widened him out – it was a little more of a bat angle to free him up so he could use his hands more. This year they pitched him inside a lot and he handled the ball quite...

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