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Tool Time: Top Bad Ball Hitters

Nic Crosta

Making the most of a bad situation can help turn a slump into a streak. Behind in the count, swinging at bad pitches, and doing it continuously aren't necessarily winning traits but these San Diego Padres' prospects find a way to push through as the best "bad ball" hitters in the land.

1. Luis Cruz When the ball is grazing his shoelaces, Cruz finds a way to not only put it in play but also shoot it where fielders aren't. The infielder isn't a particularly patient hitter and makes sure he gets in his hacks, even if that means he must swing at a ball out of the strike zone. 2. Javis Diaz Blessed with impeccable bat control can be a curse as much as it is a boon. Diaz has an...

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