After starting off the season hitting a robust .313 in April, Colin Curtis saw his average fall in both May and June.
"I got into trouble just doing some certain things," said Curtis, "and once I got out of it, I got into a little slump there and I am just trying to battle through it, and right now I'm just working on some things, and when you're struggling it's a better time than ever.
"We are just trying to work on some things. The swing is starting to feel pretty good."
The slump came to a head after Curtis endured a 0-29 stretch from June 1st through June 10th.
"I think after about ten or so [hitless at-bats] you start trying to get a hit and trying to get out of it instead of just trying to stay the course and keep going," he said. "I started pressing a little bit and then once you get into that mindset things start to go a little downhill."
Although he hit .311 in his first professional season after being drafted in the fourth round out of Arizona State, Curtis' average fell to .270 last season and this season sits at .258. However, Trenton's hitting coach Tom Wilson is not worried.
"As far as having quality at-bats, he hits the ball hard but that doesn't show up in the batting average, of course," said Wilson. "But to the organization it shows up in quality at-bat average and that is a stat that we keep track of in our organization because a guy can go 0-5 but hit five hard line-drives. There is no worry or panic in the organization if Colin is going to hit or not."
Although this season he has been handling right-handers to the tune of a .294 average and a .793 OPS, left-handers seem to have Curtis' number. His numbers against lefties, in 92 at-bats, were a .186 batting average and an anemic .519 OPS.
Wilson dismisses the idea that left-handed pitchers have Curtis' number.
"Part of it is that they're skewed numbers because probably eighty percent of his at-bats are against right-handers," opined the hitting coach. "That is kind of typical for most left-handed hitters.
"That does surprise me, though, because I saw him last year and I have him this year, and he handles left-handers pretty well."
Wilson also does not see the need for wholesale changes to Curtis' swing, saying Curtis just needs to work on a few things
"Maintaining his approach and being ready to hit on time, and working on consistency," Wilson listed. "There are days that some of the young guys like him and Austin Jackson, you could take them to the big leagues and they could hit right now because everything is going right and there timing is perfect, but they need to develop more consistency."
Finally, when asked if he thought Curtis would soon turn it around, Wilson replied without hesitation.
"Oh yeah, without a doubt," he said adamantly. "He's going to play in the big leagues one day."
As if to emphasize that point, Curtis then went out and went 4-4 with a walk, two doubles, and two RBI in the following game.
Curtis Looking To Get Back On Track
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