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So I tweeted out the other night this video (above) of Jesus Montero’s significantly different batting stance. Since there’s a good chance he’s optioned out after the game, you may only get to see it tonight. Montero compared it to Andres Galarraga.
Here’s another look with Montero hitting a homer with it the other night.
It’s vastly different than earlier this season, where he started standing more upright
And significantly different than a few years ago, when he was in more of a crouched position.
Here’s the GIF from @
This change has come under the instruction of Cory Snyder.
“I was working on staying back and seeing more pitches, good pitches, instead of swinging at the slider in the dirt,” Montero said. “It’s been working really good. I’m seeing the ball really good. I feel comfortable. Now I can see more of the pitcher. I can see more and be a little more patient.”
Montero said it felt weird at first.
“I used to be down,” he said. “Now I’m up and more comfortable and just seeing the pitcher.”
There have been mixed reviews on the new changes. A few scouts wondered if Montero would have any sort of plate coverage. If you notice in the video, Montero starts open, then moves his foot to parallel and then takes another step. Usually open stances, generate the one step toward the plate to keep the hitter from pulling off pitches. Montero did have a few swings the other night where pulled off breaking balls away. This stance is a work in progress. There is a feeling that Montero is heading in the right direction with it. But it could be something that would be better developed at the minor league level.