Glenn Looks To Stay In His Zone

Hitting in the middle of the lineup throughout the 2011 season, outfielder Brad Glenn has been a cog offensively for his Dunedin Blue Jays squad. Named a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star, 24-year-old leads his team with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs. Another statistical category Glenn leads the team in, however, is strikeouts.

With good power numbers, but 74 K's in 252 at-bats, the slugger's plate discipline has been a main focus for him this season.

"I've fell into a few funks every now and then, but that's usually when I'm swinging at balls out of the zone," Glenn said, adding that his reason for success this year has been finding a good pitch to hit. "It doesn't really have anything to do with my swing, just swinging at bad pitches, so I have to really focus in, lock in on that."

With sluggers like Glenn, strikeouts can sometimes be a necessary evil, as long as he is driving in runs. Dunedin Manager Clayton McCullough spoke about Glenn's strikeout rate, explaining that his discipline must be defined by both patience at the plate and not expanding the zone.

"I think he'd admit to some of his strikeouts, it's not so much the pitcher as it is him. As guys say, he gets himself out. He expands the zone at times when even they're trying to maybe pitch around him with a base open, or they've got an RBI situation," McCullough said.

"You might not get the pitch to hit this time. You take your walk and go on. It's getting in the position that allows him to have a chance to succeed; good, strong hitting position over and over again so he can see the ball and lay off enough to either turn the count in your favor or lay off that 3-1 pitch and you take ball four."

As Glenn continues to put up impressive numbers at the High-A level, opposing teams will focus on him more and be cautious with his at bats. McCullough said that for Glenn, it's now all about making adjustments at the plate. Again, these adjustments stem from his strike zone.

"Brad's another one, his gauging the strike zone and pitch selections and how people are starting to pitch you now that you have some numbers and you're a presence," McCullough stated.

"Before every game, they're gonna talk about you as an opposing player and how they're gonna pitch to you because that's just what they do to guys that have big numbers and hit in the middle of the order. Adjusting to that [is] a great thing because he's big and strong, can do a lot and he's another one, it's just tightening up that part of his game."

Along with lowering his strikeout ratio, Glenn is also still working on his transition from the infield to outfield. He made the switch last year because his hands weren't effective enough to play a corner infield position, so now he finds himself happy to be playing in the corners of the outfield. At this point, he works on more advanced aspects of his defensive game.

"The biggest thing I work on during BP is whenever a fly ball is hit to me, I usually put my head down for a little bit, then try to pick it back up just to get used to balls that you have to track over your head where you have to put your head down," he said. "That's the biggest thing, and it's a daily process with my throwing too, trying to figure out the exact arm angle and backspin the ball and everything."

With a little less than half the season left, Glenn knows he has plenty more to work on despite an All-Star campaign. The main thing for him, though, remains to be his strike zone at the plate and defense in the outfield.

"[There are] a lot of things I need to improve on because it's not just about this season," Glenn said. "It's about moving forward with my career and like I said, the zone thing is big with me. I just gotta make sure I stay inside my zone and keep continuing to get better on defense.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nWith good power numbers, but 74 K's in 252 at-bats, the slugger's plate discipline has been a main focus for him this season.
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\r\n\"I've fell into a few funks every now and then, but that's usually when I'm swinging at balls out of the zone,\" Glenn said, adding that his reason for success this year has been finding a good pitch to hit. \"It doesn't really have anything to do with my swing, just swinging at bad pitches, so I have to really focus in, lock in on that.\"
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\r\nWith sluggers like Glenn, strikeouts can sometimes be a necessary evil, as long as he is driving in runs. Dunedin Manager Clayton McCullough spoke about Glenn's strikeout rate, explaining that his discipline must be defined by both patience at the plate and not expanding the zone.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think he'd admit to some of his strikeouts, it's not so much the pitcher as it is him. As guys say, he gets himself out. He expands the zone at times when even they're trying to maybe pitch around him with a base open, or they've got an RBI situation,\" McCullough said.
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\r\n\"You might not get the pitch to hit this time. You take your walk and go on. It's getting in the position that allows him to have a chance to succeed; good, strong hitting position over and over again so he can see the ball and lay off enough to either turn the count in your favor or lay off that 3-1 pitch and you take ball four.\"
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\r\nAs Glenn continues to put up impressive numbers at the High-A level, opposing teams will focus on him more and be cautious with his at bats. McCullough said that for Glenn, it's now all about making adjustments at the plate. Again, these adjustments stem from his strike zone.
\r\n
\r\n\"Brad's another one, his gauging the strike zone and pitch selections and how people are starting to pitch you now that you have some numbers and you're a presence,\" McCullough stated.
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\r\n\"Before every game, they're gonna talk about you as an opposing player and how they're gonna pitch to you because that's just what they do to guys that have big numbers and hit in the middle of the order. Adjusting to that [is] a great thing because he's big and strong, can do a lot and he's another one, it's just tightening up that part of his game.\"
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\r\nAlong with lowering his strikeout ratio, Glenn is also still working on his transition from the infield to outfield. He made the switch last year because his hands weren't effective enough to play a corner infield position, so now he finds himself happy to be playing in the corners of the outfield. At this point, he works on more advanced aspects of his defensive game.
\r\n
\r\n\"The biggest thing I work on during BP is whenever a fly ball is hit to me, I usually put my head down for a little bit, then try to pick it back up just to get used to balls that you have to track over your head where you have to put your head down,\" he said. \"That's the biggest thing, and it's a daily process with my throwing too, trying to figure out the exact arm angle and backspin the ball and everything.\"
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\r\nWith a little less than half the season left, Glenn knows he has plenty more to work on despite an All-Star campaign. The main thing for him, though, remains to be his strike zone at the plate and defense in the outfield.
\r\n
\r\n\"[There are] a lot of things I need to improve on because it's not just about this season,\" Glenn said. \"It's about moving forward with my career and like I said, the zone thing is big with me. I just gotta make sure I stay inside my zone and keep continuing to get better on defense.
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