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Padres Instructional League Notebook IX

Jeremy McBryde

What is the true importance of the San Diego Padres Instructional League? Forty-plus players have spent time in Arizona for the five-week session, working out kinks and getting a jumpstart on an off-season of change.

The magic word is change, figuratively and literally. Hitters are changing their mechanics, altering how they see pitches, shortening strokes, getting better loads, and lengthening strides. Pitchers are focused on the changeup and the benefits it provides. But - is this just a glorified continuation of the season? Not quite. "There are so many benefits to it," minor league field coordinator...

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