Knecht Improving in First Full Season

LANSING, MI - A power prospect from North York, Ontario, CA, 20-year-old outfielder Marcus Knecht (kin-ekt) wants to get to Toronto one day. Selected in the third round (113th overall) of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player draft by the Blue Jays, Knecht is improving his all around game and playing everyday in Lansing.

"Pretty much I've been trying to stay healthy and working with the trainers everyday," Marcus Knecht said. "Going at it everyday, working on my swing and playing defense. I feel like I'm better with my jumps in the field and my arm feels better this year.

"My swing feels pretty good right now, to be honest. I don't really think about what's wrong with it."

Knecht is in his first full season, but he doesn't view this year differently than last year.

"I find that this year isn't too different from last year," he said. "I know I recognize some names and the pitching is pretty much the same."

"He needs to go out there and get some reps. He needs at-bats," Lugnuts Manager Mike Redmond said. "I'd like to see him more aggressive stealing bases, but that's something that'll come as he gets more comfortable."

"He's doing a good job playing everyday in his first full year," Redmond said. "I've seen him out there a lot, and I've seen a lot of improvement. Improvement in his defense and swing, and he's got a lot of power."

Knecht believes he has improved his approach at the plate and that helps his overall offensive game.

"I think I've taken big strides with my patience at the plate and pitch selection," he said. "My swing has pretty much stayed the same, but just seeing the ball and recognizing pitches I think I've made big strides there this year."

Those strides are showing up in Knecht's numbers as he's hitting .318 with four home runs this year.

"He's got a ton of power, but usually that's the last thing to come for a young position player," Redmond said. "He's working everyday on his swing and consistency and controlling the bat head through the zone.

"Each day he gets more comfortable. Obviously some days are going to be better than others. He might have three hits and a home run one night and then strikeout three or four times. But, those are the growing pains of a minor league player. I expect him to do a great job the rest of the year and continue to improve."

Knecht has worked hard to improve his game and he has the drive to continue to do so.

"I've always thought that [I was a "sleeper" guy] you know ever since I was drafted," Knecht said. "I want to surprise some people, make them wonder why they drafted me in the third round one day."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Pretty much I've been trying to stay healthy and working with the trainers everyday,\" Marcus Knecht said. \"Going at it everyday, working on my swing and playing defense. I feel like I'm better with my jumps in the field and my arm feels better this year.
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\r\n\"My swing feels pretty good right now, to be honest. I don't really think about what's wrong with it.\"
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\r\nKnecht is in his first full season, but he doesn't view this year differently than last year.
\r\n
\r\n\"I find that this year isn't too different from last year,\" he said. \"I know I recognize some names and the pitching is pretty much the same.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"He needs to go out there and get some reps. He needs at-bats,\" Lugnuts Manager Mike Redmond said. \"I'd like to see him more aggressive stealing bases, but that's something that'll come as he gets more comfortable.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"He's doing a good job playing everyday in his first full year,\" Redmond said. \"I've seen him out there a lot, and I've seen a lot of improvement. Improvement in his defense and swing, and he's got a lot of power.\"
\r\n
\r\nKnecht believes he has improved his approach at the plate and that helps his overall offensive game.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think I've taken big strides with my patience at the plate and pitch selection,\" he said. \"My swing has pretty much stayed the same, but just seeing the ball and recognizing pitches I think I've made big strides there this year.\"
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\r\nThose strides are showing up in Knecht's numbers as he's hitting .318 with four home runs this year.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's got a ton of power, but usually that's the last thing to come for a young position player,\" Redmond said. \"He's working everyday on his swing and consistency and controlling the bat head through the zone.
\r\n
\r\n\"Each day he gets more comfortable. Obviously some days are going to be better than others. He might have three hits and a home run one night and then strikeout three or four times. But, those are the growing pains of a minor league player. I expect him to do a great job the rest of the year and continue to improve.\"
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\r\nKnecht has worked hard to improve his game and he has the drive to continue to do so.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've always thought that [I was a \"sleeper\" guy] you know ever since I was drafted,\" Knecht said. \"I want to surprise some people, make them wonder why they drafted me in the third round one day.\"
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