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Padres MLN: Winds of change

Chad Huffman

Peoria, AZ-- One thing that has become obvious in Peoria is the amount of adjustments continually being made. Hitters are working on stances and balance in the box – an effort to produce more power and better results at the higher levels rather than success on the farm.

One of the more common practices, especially among "power hitters" is standing up a little taller in the box. Last year, players like Craig Cooper, Chad Huffman, Jeremy Hunt and even Kyle Blanks (if you can believe a 6-foot-6 hitter can) had more pronounced crouches in their batting stance. It was a catch-22 in a sense. The path to the ball was shorter with players exploding out of their...

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