McCann Comfortable With His Swing

Working his way up the Florida Marlins program, Brad McCann has worked hard on his swing. Since being assigned to Carolina on May 14th, he has provided a .250 average with a pair of home runs.

"I feel good," Brad McCann said of swing. "I came into Spring Training working hard in the offseason. I came into Spring Training, played really well. I was a little disappointed that I didn't make this club out of Spring Training. I'm here now, and trying to prove myself."

In 2005, he was the Marlins' Minor League Player of the Year, producing 28 home runs and 106 RBI's for Greensboro. As he transitioned to the Jupiter team, he learned the difficulties of a pitcher friendly park, as he didn't quite hit with the same power and statistics.

This year, McCann played in Jupiter for the start of the year and impressed the Marlins organization, moving him up to Double-A.

"Last year the park was blowing straight in, so you really learn how to hit down on the ball and just try to hit base hits," admitted the 2004 sixth round pick. "It's definitely made me a better hitter, and all I'm trying to do now is get base hits."

"I learned from a young age that you don't swing for the fences and that you try to hit line drives the other way and the home runs will come."

In a game against the Birmingham Barons, he was able to go 1-4 with a gigantic home run in the second inning. The older brother of Brian, catcher for the Braves, McCann likes to look for the fastball and adjust to any other offspeed pitches.

"I'm definitely looking for the fastball," he said of his approach at the plate. "I think the first time you see me, it was a 3-2 count and I was looking fastball and he just hung one up in the air."

You take that fastball swing and it just hangs up in the air. It's just one of those things, if it was lower, then I probably would have hit for a base hit instead of a home run," said the former Clemson player.

"He kept missing with a couple of pitches, and he kept throwing high fastballs. I fouled them off, but I was sitting fastball and he threw me a hanging slider. I looked fastball and then he just left it up and I was able to hit it on to the scoreboard," he said in describing his home run.

He has worked really hard on his swing to look for the fastball and then react to anything inside the hitting zone. He feels very comfortable with his swing and his approach up at the plate this season.

"When I'm going well, I'm hitting balls hard the other way and reacting in," he admitted. "I have always done that since I was a little kid."

"I always look away and react in, so when I'm doing that my swing is at its best. Right now, I feel good, I just got to hit a little more consistent."

(Photos exclusively Copyright © 2007 Nikolaus Johnson Controlled Images)

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