McDade Continuing His Path

MANCHESTER, NH - Nearly half way through a so far disappointing 2012 season, there have been a few bright spots for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The Cats' 23 year-old, switch-hitting first basemen Mike McDade, who leads the team in many categories, has been having a successful year, finding his stride looking for good pitches to drive in hitter's counts.

"The biggest thing is just getting myself into hitting counts, and getting myself something I can drive. I don't want to be in a pitcher's count and try to battle back," McDade said. "I think the biggest thing is my plate discipline, which has made me so comfortable and trying to hit something I can handle."

As well as his plate discipline, McDade also credits his success this season to his relationship working with hitting coach John Nunnally.

"It's been tremendous this year working with Nunnally," the first basemen said. "And him just not only talking about the swing and mechanics, but the approach to the plate."

Nunnally agreed, saying the two have been working well together, getting his focus on driving the ball and not losing his balance in his swing.

"The main thing is making sure he stays short to the baseball and not leaning back too much," Nunnally said.

For improvements, McDade agreed with his hitting coach, saying squaring up the ball has been a priority to his approach this season.

"Hitting-wise, I'm just trying to square up over the ball and not miss my pitch, and trying to get better at all aspects of the game," the 23-year old switch hitter said.

While Mcdade has been shining at the plate, he said there is always room for improvement in his game, specifically his fielding at first base. Through 48 games he has committed six errors, but is constantly working to minimize his mistakes on defense.

"The biggest thing is sometimes I'll rush and knowing I have more time than I think," McDade said. "I just need to take my time and not try and do more than I need to."

Aside from his errors, most of which were made early in the season, Mcdade has had a very positive spring upping his batting average from last year when he hit .281 through 125 games.

Nunnally commented on McDade's potential saying he would not be surprised if he got pulled up to the bigs at some point this season.

"The way he's swinging the bat, anything can happen," Nunnally said. "Believe me, if they ever gave him a chance to go to the big leagues, he deserves it."

Through 48 games, McDade looks to maintain his pace throughout the season and help get the Cats back to .500. Nunnally commented on his first basemen's season, saying he needs to stay consistent and stick to his routine and things should be fine for him.

"It's just a matter of staying consistent with his work," Nunnally said. "He just has to continue on his path and continue to work hard."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"The biggest thing is just getting myself into hitting counts, and getting myself something I can drive. I don't want to be in a pitcher's count and try to battle back,\" McDade said. \"I think the biggest thing is my plate discipline, which has made me so comfortable and trying to hit something I can handle.\"
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\r\nAs well as his plate discipline, McDade also credits his success this season to his relationship working with hitting coach John Nunnally.
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\r\n\"It's been tremendous this year working with Nunnally,\" the first basemen said. \"And him just not only talking about the swing and mechanics, but the approach to the plate.\"
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\r\nNunnally agreed, saying the two have been working well together, getting his focus on driving the ball and not losing his balance in his swing.
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\r\n\"The main thing is making sure he stays short to the baseball and not leaning back too much,\" Nunnally said.
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\r\nFor improvements, McDade agreed with his hitting coach, saying squaring up the ball has been a priority to his approach this season.
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\r\n\"Hitting-wise, I'm just trying to square up over the ball and not miss my pitch, and trying to get better at all aspects of the game,\" the 23-year old switch hitter said.
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\r\nWhile Mcdade has been shining at the plate, he said there is always room for improvement in his game, specifically his fielding at first base. Through 48 games he has committed six errors, but is constantly working to minimize his mistakes on defense.
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\r\n\"The biggest thing is sometimes I'll rush and knowing I have more time than I think,\" McDade said. \"I just need to take my time and not try and do more than I need to.\"
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\r\nAside from his errors, most of which were made early in the season, Mcdade has had a very positive spring upping his batting average from last year when he hit .281 through 125 games.
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\r\nNunnally commented on McDade's potential saying he would not be surprised if he got pulled up to the bigs at some point this season.
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\r\n\"The way he's swinging the bat, anything can happen,\" Nunnally said. \"Believe me, if they ever gave him a chance to go to the big leagues, he deserves it.\"
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\r\nThrough 48 games, McDade looks to maintain his pace throughout the season and help get the Cats back to .500. Nunnally commented on his first basemen's season, saying he needs to stay consistent and stick to his routine and things should be fine for him.
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\r\n\"It's just a matter of staying consistent with his work,\" Nunnally said. \"He just has to continue on his path and continue to work hard.\"
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