Murton Working on His Stride

Luke Murton has been hot and cold all year for Charleston, and is now batting .286 through 74 games with the Riverdogs. The big 6-foot-4 inch, 222 pound first baseman has hit 26 doubles and knocked eight home runs and has accumulated 41 RBI's.

Murton's success this season has come on the road, where he's batting .343 with 48 hits in 37 games away from Joseph P. Riley, Jr Park in Charelston. At home, he's batting just .231 with only 33 hits, and only one of his home runs being hit at "The Joe."

There's no doubt that quality prospects have to show consistency, which prompted roving hitting instructor Gary Denbo to work with Murton during the last road series in Lakewood. The focus of the conversation was one simple thing: Murton's large leg kick and stride.

"One thing you gather from major league hitters is that their stride and their leg kick shrinks as they go through the system," Murton said. "I think working on that part of my game will make my timing better, and will improve by hitting game entirely."

During the 30 minute instruction from Denbo which occurred in the dugout at First Energy Park in Lakewood, Denbo pointed out that having a high leg kick could cause inconsistencies in Murton's timing because his foot would not get down at the same time on every pitch, causing a different swing every time.

"Coach Denbo was really helpful," Murton said. "Having a former big league hitting coach teach me was great, and I learned a lot from him, and hopefully I can learn from it and take everything I learn and apply it out there on the field."

Murton's leg kick brings his front foot as high as his anchored legs knee at times, almost Alfonso Soriano-like. Denbo also focused on the fact that even though Murton is a big guy, he does not need to swing for the fences.

"I'm not saying you have to hit home runs," Denbo told Murton. "But you do have to go out there every time and try to put up a quality at-bat."

Murton was also struck by an unfortunate injury this season. While sliding into third base on a close play, Murton jammed his foot causing him to sprain his ankle. After a brief stint on the DL that cost him an appearance in the South Atlantic League All-Star game, he is feeling healthy and he is ready to improve his game.

"It feels fine now," Murton said. "It was unfortunate, but it was a result of me just going all out on the field, and if something like that happens, it happens."

Murton's personality both on the field and in the clubhouse can be compared to that of Nick Swisher. Murton is always happy and in a good mood, but is always willing to work. Aside from working with Coach Denbo, Murton is always hitting off of the tee after batting practice, something he enjoys, and knows will pay off in the end.

"You always read how players like A-Rod always used to do it," Murton said. "There's no doubt the more time you put in practicing, the more your game will improve, so I don't have a problem doing it at all."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nMurton's success this season has come on the road, where he's batting .343 with 48 hits in 37 games away from Joseph P. Riley, Jr Park in Charelston. At home, he's batting just .231 with only 33 hits, and only one of his home runs being hit at \"The Joe.\"
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\r\nThere's no doubt that quality prospects have to show consistency, which prompted roving hitting instructor Gary Denbo to work with Murton during the last road series in Lakewood. The focus of the conversation was one simple thing: Murton's large leg kick and stride.
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\r\n\"One thing you gather from major league hitters is that their stride and their leg kick shrinks as they go through the system,\" Murton said. \"I think working on that part of my game will make my timing better, and will improve by hitting game entirely.\"
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\r\nDuring the 30 minute instruction from Denbo which occurred in the dugout at First Energy Park in Lakewood, Denbo pointed out that having a high leg kick could cause inconsistencies in Murton's timing because his foot would not get down at the same time on every pitch, causing a different swing every time.
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\r\n\"Coach Denbo was really helpful,\" Murton said. \"Having a former big league hitting coach teach me was great, and I learned a lot from him, and hopefully I can learn from it and take everything I learn and apply it out there on the field.\"
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\r\nMurton's leg kick brings his front foot as high as his anchored legs knee at times, almost Alfonso Soriano-like. Denbo also focused on the fact that even though Murton is a big guy, he does not need to swing for the fences.
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\r\n\"I'm not saying you have to hit home runs,\" Denbo told Murton. \"But you do have to go out there every time and try to put up a quality at-bat.\"
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\r\nMurton was also struck by an unfortunate injury this season. While sliding into third base on a close play, Murton jammed his foot causing him to sprain his ankle. After a brief stint on the DL that cost him an appearance in the South Atlantic League All-Star game, he is feeling healthy and he is ready to improve his game.
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\r\n\"It feels fine now,\" Murton said. \"It was unfortunate, but it was a result of me just going all out on the field, and if something like that happens, it happens.\"
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\r\nMurton's personality both on the field and in the clubhouse can be compared to that of Nick Swisher. Murton is always happy and in a good mood, but is always willing to work. Aside from working with Coach Denbo, Murton is always hitting off of the tee after batting practice, something he enjoys, and knows will pay off in the end.
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\r\n\"You always read how players like A-Rod always used to do it,\" Murton said. \"There's no doubt the more time you put in practicing, the more your game will improve, so I don't have a problem doing it at all.\"
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