Without question, Chris Taylor is one of the easiest Dodgers to pull for. Quietly going about his business and willing to play any position, he provides the team with versatility and value. Furthermore – when a guy like this struggles – it’s tough to watch.
Currently, Taylor is hitting just .219 this spring with a .577 OPS. His strikeouts have piled up at an alarming rate. Recently, Taylor told Bill Plunkett of the OC Register he’s battling to find his way offensively.
Chris Taylor has a turbulent relationship with his swing mechanics. #Dodgers notes on Taylor, Clayton Kershaw's "unlikely" status for Opening Day and Corey Seager's ongoing recoveryhttps://t.co/8h91pVVTZa
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 16, 2019
Moreover, Taylor expressed to Plunkett what may have been the start of troubles this spring.
“I felt good the first week (of spring training) and then I think I just tried to make too many changes at once,” Taylor said. “I had a lot of thoughts going through my mind.”
When a hitter makes changes, it’s not always for the better. Familiarity usually breeds comfort in terms of offensive approach.
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Equally important, Taylor admits that the seed of struggle was planted long before 2019 spring training got underway. Pointing to the struggles of 2019
“I thought it was a disappointing year, honestly,” he said. “I just felt mechanically I wasn’t in a great spot last year. The bat path was the biggest thing. In ’17, I thought I got on plane a little earlier and there was more room for error. A little flatter through the zone. I thought I was able to catch balls deeper so if my timing wasn’t perfect I was still able to shoot them the other way and still get hits. Last year, I felt I had to catch everything a tick more out front and if I was late I was underneath it. Then that forced me to have to cheat a lot of times to hit fastballs.”
Taylor sounds like a player who will find his way. Indeed, he must give trust the approach that has provided him with a track record of success. Personally, I believe in Taylor; and he will find a way to provide solid value as a regular to the 2019 Dodgers.
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