"We've worked on a lot of things in the cage on the field before practices," said Austin Jackson.
Jackson also credits his comfort level at the plate for his increased production in hitting this season.
"I feel a lot more comfortable this year compared to last year," he stated. "Comfort is important in hitting."
Hard work in practice has been additionally helpful to Jackson in conquering the drift that was prevalent in his swing last season.
"I've done a lot of drills, a lot of repetitions," Jackson revealed. "I've been getting to the field early to get a couple of extra swings before batting practice starts."
A byproduct of Jackson ridding his swing of its drift is the decrease in the amount of strikeouts that he has accumulated in comparison to last year.
"I think eliminating the drift has definitely lowered my strikeouts. I'm seeing the ball a lot better," said Jackson.
"Last year with the drift I would see pitches late and swing at a lot of bad pitches. By eliminating or minimizing the drift, it enables me to see the ball a lot longer."
In addition to feeling better at the plate, Jackson feels equally as confident in his growth as an outfielder.
He acknowledges that he is still learning how to use his amazing speed better, which is beneficial to him in the field.
"I feel a lot more comfortable in the field," Jackson admitted. "I feel that I can dive more and lay out for a lot more balls."
Jackson's main weapon in the field, as well as on the bases, is still his raw athletic ability - which can be attested by his team leading ten twelve bases this season, even with missing some time due to injury.
He feels that his base running will increase even further as he improves his hitting.
"The more [hits] I get, the more chances I will have to run and use my speed," said Jackson.
The most important thing for Jackson is to continue the improvement of his swing, which will enable him to use his athleticism on the bases more.
Jackson's Hard Work Paying Off
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