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Live From the AFL: Michael Johnson

Live From the AFL: Michael Johnson

There are certain questions that are standard to any player in the Arizona Fall League. One of them, maybe the most obvious, is 'What are you working on down here specifically?' And when you ask Padres first base prospect Michael Johnson, the answer is one of the most common also. 'Plate discipline.' Sure, it makes sense, choosing the right pitch to hit goes a long way to actually being able to hit it, but how do you do that?

How do you suddenly teach yourself to lay off the same pitch you've spent years swinging at?  "What I'm trying to do is zone in on a pitch, and a location for that pitch, and keep that some as small as I can," Michael Johnson explained before Friday's AFL game in Peoria.  "If you go up there with this big area that you're looking for pitches in, it makes it harder to lay off one that isn't...

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