Monthly Archives: May 2016

His level best: Slugger flattens swing to become a better hitter

Kris Bryant digs his right foot into the dirt followed by his left. The Cubs slugger taps the plate once with his bat and then cocks it behind his head, ready to unleash one of baseball’s most majestic swings.

The mantra going through his head at the time is simple.

“See the ball, hit the ball,’ ” Bryant said. “Pitchers are too good, so you can’t go out there thinking about your swing.”

The time for thinking about his swing is during the offseason, spring training and these days while in the batting cage. At 24, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year continues to look for ways to improve.

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Cubs third baseman wanted swing to be more flat this season

By Carrie Muskat / | @CarrieMuskat | May 8th, 2016 + 1 COMMENT
CHICAGO — Kris Bryant isn’t just thinking about what a pitcher’s repertoire is these days. He’s also studying his own launch angle.

“I committed to making a swing-thought change to be more flat with my swing,” the Cubs third baseman said Sunday. “Last year, I was worse in terms of fouling pitches off. I told myself I didn’t want to do that and I wanted to hit the pitches in the strike zone.”

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