Battle Continues To Work Hard

The 21-year old outfielder has had an up and down season, with consistency being a key issue. Posting better overall numbers since the All-Star break but still hitting a meager .190 this month, Tim Battle seems to be experiencing a slump that has lasted longer than he expected.

"It's a part of baseball", Tim Battle explained. "I work hard and go through the same routine. It's either going to work out or it's not. Everyone goes through slumps, mine has just been all year."

With speed and versatility on his side, and possessing virtually every other tool needed to be successful, Battle has still struggled with breaking pitches.

"From time to time it's given me fits," he confessed. "I'm not letting it get to me or getting down about it, and defensively it's not affecting me."

Chipping in with 49 RBI's and slugging 31 percent of his hits for extra-bases has been pretty impressive considering his struggles with inconsistent contact, not to mention his 19 stolen bases despite his .265 on-base percentage. Hitting Coach James Rowson is confident in Battle's abilities.

"Tim is one of the most talented players I‘ve come across in baseball. He has every tool; he can run, he can hit [for power], he throws, he can do it all," Rowson said. "His hitting is the biggest thing he is working on because he can do so many things."

Coach Rowson has worked with Battle and has seen his struggles and recognizes what he needs to get done.

"He needs to continue to try and find what's going to allow him to be consistent," Rowson explained. "The problem is he's so strong, he runs into a home run once in a while and he tries to go that route and it takes him a little longer to come back to hitting line drives."

"I think what's going to help him is his ability to start to get consistent at that approach he wants to take, and try to take it day in and day out."

The right-handed, versatile Battle isn't letting his struggles affect him mentally. He realizes every player goes through the ups and downs and he feels he is working towards figuring out who is at the plate - and he continues to work hard at it.

Coach Rowson echoes that sentiment and is positive about Battle's abilities and focuses on the future, recognizing his struggles are not from a lack of effort.

"He's in the middle of really trying to find out what type of hitter he's going to be, Rowson commented. "With that comes peaks and valleys, but he's working his tail off to figure it out."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It's a part of baseball\", Tim Battle explained. \"I work hard and go through the same routine. It's either going to work out or it's not. Everyone goes through slumps, mine has just been all year.\"
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\r\nWith speed and versatility on his side, and possessing virtually every other tool needed to be successful, Battle has still struggled with breaking pitches.
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\r\n\"From time to time it's given me fits,\" he confessed. \"I'm not letting it get to me or getting down about it, and defensively it's not affecting me.\"
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\r\nChipping in with 49 RBI's and slugging 31 percent of his hits for extra-bases has been pretty impressive considering his struggles with inconsistent contact, not to mention his 19 stolen bases despite his .265 on-base percentage. Hitting Coach James Rowson is confident in Battle's abilities.
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\r\n\"Tim is one of the most talented players I‘ve come across in baseball. He has every tool; he can run, he can hit [for power], he throws, he can do it all,\" Rowson said. \"His hitting is the biggest thing he is working on because he can do so many things.\"
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\r\nCoach Rowson has worked with Battle and has seen his struggles and recognizes what he needs to get done.
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\r\n\"He needs to continue to try and find what's going to allow him to be consistent,\" Rowson explained. \"The problem is he's so strong, he runs into a home run once in a while and he tries to go that route and it takes him a little longer to come back to hitting line drives.\"
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\r\n\"I think what's going to help him is his ability to start to get consistent at that approach he wants to take, and try to take it day in and day out.\"
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\r\nThe right-handed, versatile Battle isn't letting his struggles affect him mentally. He realizes every player goes through the ups and downs and he feels he is working towards figuring out who is at the plate - and he continues to work hard at it.
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\r\nCoach Rowson echoes that sentiment and is positive about Battle's abilities and focuses on the future, recognizing his struggles are not from a lack of effort.
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\r\n\"He's in the middle of really trying to find out what type of hitter he's going to be, Rowson commented. \"With that comes peaks and valleys, but he's working his tail off to figure it out.\"
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