Brandon Marsh has already improved his swing with hitting coach Kevin Long
Newest Phillies CF Brandon Marsh has only played seven games with the Phillies, but there’s already been an obvious change to his swing.
The Phillies were in the market for a true centerfielder back at the August 2nd trade deadline, and they took a gamble on Marsh, who was a 2nd round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels.
Brandon Marsh’s strengths have always been his glove and speed, but his bat struggled. He hit just .238/.299/.354 with the Angels, posting an OPS of .653 in 163 total games in LA. He struck out 208 times in 583 at-bats with the Angels, which is a whopping 35.6 K%.
Brandon Marsh’s New-Look Swing
Since joining the Phillies, Kevin Long has put in some obvious work with the 24-year-old. He’s shown a shorter approach to his swing but still holds a swift, clean swing through the baseball. He abandoned the double toe-tap, which tends to leave hitters late to the baseball, something he struggled with in LA.
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Young hitters that struggle at the plate tend to do too much. Take Alec Bohm for example. His 2020 season was fantastic because he was short to the ball. His 2021 season was very bad at the plate because he got into the thought process that he needed to hit everything out of the ballpark. Now? Bohm’s swing is short but impactful once again, and he’s driving the ball all through the field.
Brandon Marsh looks way more relaxed, his swing looks level, and his confidence already feels higher. Keep an eye on Marsh’s swing throughout the dog days of the wild card race because a contact-hitting Marsh, paired up with a consistent hitting Vierling, could be a deadly platoon for the next two months.
Marsh is hitting .278/.316/.333 with the Phillies so far, tallying 5 hits and 2 RBIs in 7 games.
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