Tool Time: Top Right-Handed Swing

Every hitting success starts with a solid base, strong balance, and easy swing. Those traits bring forth power, discipline, and the potential for damage. Albert Pujols may own the best right-handed swing in the majors, but these San Diego Padres prospects are doing their best to imitate.

Dan Robertson

Short, compact, without a lot of moving parts – Robertson's swing is how you draw it up. With a solid base, good separation and stride, Robertson's hands are in strong hitting position.

With the foundation set, Robertson's quick wrists and strong arms go into motion. A level swing allows the outfielder to keep his bat head in the hitting zone for an extended period of time, giving him excellent coverage of the hitting zone.

Kyle Blanks

Freeing up his hands allowed Blanks to get more extension and turn on the inside fastball. The results were evident in the Texas League, and he still managed to hit for a solid average.

Blanks may not even know how strong he is because of a solid foundation that allows him to hit balls on both the inner and outer half. There is room for a lot more power, and Blanks is just putting the pieces of that puzzle together to tap into it.

Yefri Carvajal

Listen for the sound – the thwack of the bat when Carvajal hits the ball has a different pitch. One of the reasons is a compact stroke with some of the quickest hands in the system that generates tremendous bat speed.

Knowing he can hit has been a fault – as he will swing at just about anything when he is in a fastball count – but when he stays within himself it is the sweetest sound that produces line drives in the gaps that will one day develop into homers.

Chad Huffman

A compact frame and solid base provides Huffman with a good center of balance. Coupling the aforementioned traits with an easy swing makes Huffman a threat each time he enters the batter's box.

Huffman brings the bat head through the hitting zone with relative ease, allowing his quick wrists to do the work, often resulting in hard hit balls to all parts of the field.

Logan Forsythe

A relaxed approach at the dish creates tremendous balance and the ability to turn on pitches using his torso to generate torque and quick hands to blaze through the hitting zone.

With hands that stay inside the baseball, Forsythe creates backspin to hit balls into the gaps with regularity. It is just a matter of time before those balls start routinely leaving the yard.

Honorable Mention:

James Darnell

Darnell has a powerful grace to his swing that begins with its setup and ends with the ball sailing far away. He has tremendous power in his lithe frame and puts the barrel of the bat to ball.

Matt Antonelli

Generally, Antonelli has a very repeatable swing that produces consistent results. That changed last year and mechanical issues caused him to struggle. The solid swing is still in him; he just needs to find it again.

Craig Cooper

An inside-out swing is his bread-and-butter, allowing to effectively hit pitches thrown at either corner of the plate. Strong wrists allow him to connect solidly on any ball.

Brian Joynt

After making significant adjustments to his swing, Joynt has found a comfort zone. He is able to get separation and balance, adding to his natural power to produce a formidable duo.

Robert Lara

Very clean hitting mechanics and great pitch recognition allow Lara to put good wood on the baseball. As hit bat head stays in the zone, he regularly puts the barrel of the stick to ball.

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