Battle Has Power In His Swing Again

TAMPA, FL - It was a long year for Tim Battle in 2006 as he and the Yankees worked on reconstructing his swing, including the removal of the high leg kick he incorporated as the source of his power earlier in his career. Now finally comfortable with his new swing, he says his power is coming around and it's starting to show on the field.

"My power is working its way into my swing now without that leg kick," Tim Battle said with a smile. "It just feels so much better. I'm able to get more back-spin on the ball and hit more line drives. I don't roll over as much."

The high leg kick in his swing was removed at the start of the 2006 season and the Yankees wanted him to work on allowing the ball to get deeper on him at the plate and focus on driving the ball more to right field, an approach that has become quite evident during batting practice in Spring Training this year.

"When I'm taking BP I try and focus on right field and centerfield," he revealed. "That just helps me out in the game because it helps me from pulling off the ball and staying through the swing."

Noticeably not pulling the ball in the cages over the last week, Battle has been lacing hard-liners from the middle out and the power is really starting to develop.

He hit a monstrous home run to dead centerfield over the 30-foot wall in batting practice on Thursday and has been hitting balls off of the right-centerfield fence pretty consistently.

While his increased comfort level is a huge part in his developing power, the fact that he put on some more muscle weight over the offseason hasn't hurt.

"I'm trying to put on a little more weight," he admitted. "I left Instructs at 182 [pounds] and now I'm 190. I've been eating a lot and working out more."

An infamous workout junky, Battle is excited about getting comfortable with his new swing and he believes that his renewed power could allow him to atone for the demotion he endured a year ago.

"My goal is to get out of here," he said of his plans for 2007, "to get from Tampa to Trenton. It's just going to be a transition from whether or not I can hit the pitching [in the Florida State League]."

"With my new swing, I'm confident that I'll definitely be able to do that. My power is in the swing now and the sky's the limit."

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\r\n \r\n \r\n\"My power is working its way into my swing now without that leg kick,\" Tim Battle said with a smile. \"It just feels so much better. I'm able to get more back-spin on the ball and hit more line drives. I don't roll over as much.\"
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\r\nThe high leg kick in his swing was removed at the start of the 2006 season and the Yankees wanted him to work on allowing the ball to get deeper on him at the plate and focus on driving the ball more to right field, an approach that has become quite evident during batting practice in Spring Training this year.
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\r\n\"When I'm taking BP I try and focus on right field and centerfield,\" he revealed. \"That just helps me out in the game because it helps me from pulling off the ball and staying through the swing.\"
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\r\nNoticeably not pulling the ball in the cages over the last week, Battle has been lacing hard-liners from the middle out and the power is really starting to develop.
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\r\nHe hit a monstrous home run to dead centerfield over the 30-foot wall in batting practice on Thursday and has been hitting balls off of the right-centerfield fence pretty consistently.
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\r\nWhile his increased comfort level is a huge part in his developing power, the fact that he put on some more muscle weight over the offseason hasn't hurt.
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\r\n\"I'm trying to put on a little more weight,\" he admitted. \"I left Instructs at 182 [pounds] and now I'm 190. I've been eating a lot and working out more.\"
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\r\nAn infamous workout junky, Battle is excited about getting comfortable with his new swing and he believes that his renewed power could allow him to atone for the demotion he endured a year ago.
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\r\n\"My goal is to get out of here,\" he said of his plans for 2007, \"to get from Tampa to Trenton. It's just going to be a transition from whether or not I can hit the pitching [in the Florida State League].\"
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\r\n\"With my new swing, I'm confident that I'll definitely be able to do that. My power is in the swing now and the sky's the limit.\"
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