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Tool Time: Best Plate Discipline

Robbie Blauer

If you are a San Diego Padres prospect, you have to possess some semblance of plate awareness, discipline, and patience. It is a prerequisite. These prospects have that and more.

Josh Alley If it is a called third strike, there are either replacement umpires or someone other than Alley is up to bat. His eye is so good that he rarely swings at pitches outside of the strike zone. Alley is a walk machine that works the count in his favor to get a pitch to hit. While he does not have much power, Alley routinely flirts with a .400 on-base percentage – thanks to his 146-to...

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