March 5: Q of the Day
It seemed to me last year when Jon Jay was not doing as well at the plate as he has in the past that he changed his swing mechanics. He used to have much more motion with his hands and seemed to begin last year with a quieter stance. Was that his choice or did the coaches have him do that?
— Mike W., Owasso, Okla.
Jay opened up 2013 with the complicated swing he has always employed — one that brought him plenty of success from 2010-12. After Jay struggled in the opening weeks last season, hitting coach John Mabry tried to help the outfielder cut down on some of that movement. The offensive results improved slightly as a result, though Jay eventually reverted back to the more familiar mechanics.
Over the winter, Jay worked to again reduce the movement in his swing and has showcased simpler mechanics this spring. (Click here for more on that topic.) Now it’s a matter of translating the work he’s done to fine-tune his swing into tangible results. Early returns have been encouraging (Jay nearly hit two balls out of Roger Dean Stadium over the weekend), but it is still yet to be determined how much playing time Jay will get during the season to show off his work.
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