For Nate McLouth, the results in Triple-A Gwinnett haven’t been markedly improved – he’s hitting .224 through 29 games – but he said his timing is better and he feels more comfortable.
For a player who felt “off” at the plate from the first week of spring training, it’s a step in the right direction.
“I maybe would like to have a few more hits, but I’m hitting the ball well,” McLouth said. “I’ve made a lot of hard outs. My command of the strike zone (is better). I’m walking a lot and not striking out a lot.”
Through Wednesday, he had five home runs in 29 games for Gwinnett, compared to only three home runs in 62 games for the Braves. He had just as many RBIs (14) for Gwinnett in nearly half as many games as he played for Atlanta. He had 17 strikeouts, with 16 walks, compared to 48 strikeouts with only 26 walks for the Braves.
McLouth said he and Gwinnett hitting coach Jamie Dismuke have been working on commanding the strike zone – whether it’s soft tossing, in batting practice