"For me, it's hard to put goals on numbers. I can say I want to hit 20 home runs and hit .275, but I think [what it comes down to] is just staying consistent," Dykstra said.
"Making the changes that I've made that I think are for the best for my swing and in my defense, and just staying consistent with them, going out there and repeating them every night, and hopefully [letting] the results take care of themselves."
After being traded for right-handed pitcher Eddie Kunz by the San Diego Padres last March, Dykstra made his Double-A debut with the B-Mets and went on to lead the team in RBI (77) and walks (69). His .389 on-base percentage ranked fifth in the Eastern League and his 19 home runs were good for second most on the team.
"Last year, just looking at his numbers, they were incredible," manager Pedro Lopez said. "He had a terrific year, and I just hope he continues to do that."
Dykstra said that he worked hard in the offseason to increase his mobility, an area that had been a persistent a question mark with him.
"The big question with me has always been my hip and my flexibility and stuff like that, so I worked really hard, did a lot of stuff in the pool, helping with the mobility and flexibility of my hips," Dykstra said. "Just typical offseason stuff, nothing crazy."
Lopez added that although the hitting techniques of players is usually an area he leaves to hitting coach Luis Natera, pitch selection was an area he thought Dykstra focused on during Spring Training.
"One of the biggest things has always been pitch selection, for everybody," he said. "That's kind of like — actually not kind of — I know that's our hitting philosophy. It's just trying to get good pitches to hit and narrow down that strike zone."
Strikeouts was one of the few offensive categories that Dykstra struggled in last season. His 131 punch outs also set a career high and ranked second among the team.
Dykstra said that he looked to Spring Training to focus on consistency at the plate and to work specifically on his timing.
"It was about being consistent from last year. I changed a lot of things with my swing, and it was...kind of timing," Dykstra said. "I mean, you can hit in the batting cage all you want, and think you feel good, but to actually see it work and have all your stuff in the offseason and all your work that you put in pay off, you can kind of see glimpses of it in Spring Training, and I think it went really well."
Lopez will being looking for consistency from Dykstra as well. When asked if there was any area the second-year first baseman needed to improve, Lopez replied, "No, I just hope that he continues to do what he did last year.
"Hopefully that will win him a promotion. I mean, that's what we're here for. We're here to get guys better, make sure they get ready for the next step, and he's done a great job so far, so I just hope he continues to do that."
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