In today’s Coach’s Corner, Jim Piascik brings you his recent Q&A with Double-A Akron RubberDucks hitting coach Rouglas Odor.
This is a regular in-season and off-season premium piece on the site where Tony Lastoria or I sit down with a coach in the Cleveland minor league system and really break down and discuss several players on the roster and talk about some of the philosophies surrounding the development of players.
In my talk with Odor, we discussed Tyler Naquin’s recent hot streak and the adjustments that made it happen, what work Francisco Lindor still has to do at the plate to become a finished product, Bryson Myles’ recent surgery, his timeline for recovery, and what was working well for him pre-injury, what Jordan Smith needs to do to turn his season around, and much more.
As always, these pieces are in a Q&A format in order to provide the raw, uncut comments from the manager or coach.
Q: So to start off, the hottest hitter it seems right now is Tyler Naquin. What have you seen out of him, especially since he started off a little slower? There was talk of making some adjustments, so what’s he been doing to find this hot streak?
Rouglas Odor (RO): The ability to make adjustments at the plate and the ability to understand that the game is about handling adversity and he’s been handling it pretty good. He went through a rough time early in the year, the first couple of weeks, and since then, he’s been taking a lot of good quality at bats, his routine has been unbelievable. He gets into the cage, he’s locked in right now doing exactly the same thing day-in and day-out. He takes it into batting practice and is ready for the game. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, June 25, 2014