Battle Trying to Bust Out

Tim Battle, one of the Yankees' toolsier outfield prospects, has had many offensive struggles in his time in the minor leagues. He accumulated 142 strikeouts in 130 games between Charleston and Tampa in 2006 and has not shown any improvement in those numbers in 2007.

"I'm just starting out slow and its keep going on," Tim Battle admitted. "I'm starting to come around and I think I'm going to come around soon."

Battle's slow start has led to a .213 batting average and 77 strikeouts compared to only eight walks in 52 games. The strikeouts are not an uncommon part of his game, which he cannot pinpoint an exact reason why he gets punched out so much.

"I'm not having any trouble with any one pitch," he said when asked if he is just having problems recognizing pitches. "Strikeouts are nothing new to me, I had a lot last year so it is just a part of what I do I guess. I just strikeout too much."

He has been working on his mechanics at the plate and feels the adjustments he is making will help his struggles.

"I've changed my batting stance and I have really been focusing on staying back and getting to the ball," he said. "I've been working on shortening my swing instead of it being long so I don't do all that other stuff, like striking out."

In his last 12 games he is batting .158 with 15 strikeouts and only two walks. But he does have a home run and ten RBIs in that stretch. That may look like a slump to most players but he does not feel like he is in one and he thinks he is starting to come around.

"It has been like that the whole time," he said when asked if he feels like he is starting to turn things around. "But then I go into a little slump and my average just dropped. But I just don't feel like I'm in a slump at all."

Battle had been batting most of the year in the second spot in the lineup, but due to his lack of making contact, he was moved down to the number eight spot in the order. It's a move that he does not feel will permanent.

"Honestly, I really don't think I will be there that long," he said.

But there is always some benefits in being moved down in the order and some of them he hopes to take advantage of.

"I don't know if it will benefit me but maybe I will see more fastballs and hopefully it will allow me to get on base more often."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I'm just starting out slow and its keep going on,\" Tim Battle admitted. \"I'm starting to come around and I think I'm going to come around soon.\"
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\r\nBattle's slow start has led to a .213 batting average and 77 strikeouts compared to only eight walks in 52 games. The strikeouts are not an uncommon part of his game, which he cannot pinpoint an exact reason why he gets punched out so much.
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\r\n\"I'm not having any trouble with any one pitch,\" he said when asked if he is just having problems recognizing pitches. \"Strikeouts are nothing new to me, I had a lot last year so it is just a part of what I do I guess. I just strikeout too much.\"
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\r\nHe has been working on his mechanics at the plate and feels the adjustments he is making will help his struggles.
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\r\n\"I've changed my batting stance and I have really been focusing on staying back and getting to the ball,\" he said. \"I've been working on shortening my swing instead of it being long so I don't do all that other stuff, like striking out.\"
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\r\nIn his last 12 games he is batting .158 with 15 strikeouts and only two walks. But he does have a home run and ten RBIs in that stretch. That may look like a slump to most players but he does not feel like he is in one and he thinks he is starting to come around.
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\r\n\"It has been like that the whole time,\" he said when asked if he feels like he is starting to turn things around. \"But then I go into a little slump and my average just dropped. But I just don't feel like I'm in a slump at all.\"
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\r\nBattle had been batting most of the year in the second spot in the lineup, but due to his lack of making contact, he was moved down to the number eight spot in the order. It's a move that he does not feel will permanent.
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\r\n\"Honestly, I really don't think I will be there that long,\" he said.
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\r\nBut there is always some benefits in being moved down in the order and some of them he hopes to take advantage of.
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\r\n\"I don't know if it will benefit me but maybe I will see more fastballs and hopefully it will allow me to get on base more often.\"
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