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Tool Time: Top Breaking Ball Hitters

Eric Sogard

The focus of most hitters is on the fastball. Sitting dead-red and laying off the tough breaking ball can help the average. Being proficient in hitting the breaking ball and off-speed pitches, however, becomes more important the higher one goes. These San Diego Padres prospects are the best at plying that trade.

Luis Durango With one of the shortest swings in the game, Durango doesn't need a lot of time to react to the pitch, allowing him to wait on the break of the pitch before committing. Because of his plate coverage, Durango can slap balls the other way on balls on the outer half with late break and do the same on pitches on the inner half. While he could pull a few more, there is no debating his...

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