More Adjustments Coming For Laird

After dominating the Double-A Easter League, corner infielder Brandon Laird has had his fair share of adjustments lately at the Triple-A level. He's hitting just .218 and has even been dropped down to seventh in the Scranton batting order, and he has some other adjustments coming after the season ends.

"I feel good, it's just a little bit different than Double-A," Brandon Laird said of Triple-A. "The guys up here are smarter and don't leave as much over the plate.

"When I get into that hitter's count I'm not always going to get that fastball. They'll throw all of their pitches in whatever count and that's the biggest thing I've been adjusting to."

Despite hitting only .118 with eleven strikeouts in his last ten games, he insists nothing has changed with his plan or his mechanics.

"I still have the same approach," he said. "I've been looking at video and my swing looks fine. I think just it's my timing [that's off].

"I'm just staying with my approach and whatever happens, happens. Things aren't going my way right now and hopefully that changes soon."

It's a far cry from how dominant he was in Double-A, hitting .291 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI in 107 games, a successful start to his 2010 campaign that he claims began with his time in the Arizona Fall League last offseason.

"I think it helped going out there and playing with all of the good talent," he said of the AFL last year. "I just wanted to keep it going from the Fall League into the season and that helped.

"I went to Spring Training over in big league camp and did well over there. I just wanted to have a good season and show them that I could play in the big leagues someday soon. I wanted to put it in their heads and I think I did a pretty good job of that.

Hoping to turn things around soon, he does realize he will have more time to rediscover his swing when he returns to the Arizona Fall League again this year. Laird, however, says his second stint will have a different agenda though.

"I'm going out there to play outfield, left and right," he revealed. "I'm going to hit but my main concern going out there is getting familiar with the outfield spot.

"With more flexibility, playing first and third as well as left and right [field], I'll be playing four positions and hopefully have a better chance next year with the [big league] club.

"I played outfield in high school. I'm pretty familiar with it but I haven't it in a few years so now it's kind of new. I've been doing some early work with some of the coaches."

Laird says he has been shagging fly balls before the games and he will also be getting some one-on-one instruction during the early days of Instructional League before going to Arizona.

"They told me about a month ago before I got up here that I'd be working in the outfield," Laird said. "It's going pretty well lately. I've been doing some early work, getting some reads and some drop-steps and all of that. I'm feeling pretty good out there.

"I am excited [about moving to the outfield]. I've got first and third locked, and going out there and playing two more positions is going to help me get to the big leagues. If I get a chance to make the club next year or get up there playing left, right, first and third, that's more for them and more for me."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I feel good, it's just a little bit different than Double-A,\" Brandon Laird said of Triple-A. \"The guys up here are smarter and don't leave as much over the plate.
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\r\n\"When I get into that hitter's count I'm not always going to get that fastball. They'll throw all of their pitches in whatever count and that's the biggest thing I've been adjusting to.\"
\r\n
\r\nDespite hitting only .118 with eleven strikeouts in his last ten games, he insists nothing has changed with his plan or his mechanics.
\r\n
\r\n\"I still have the same approach,\" he said. \"I've been looking at video and my swing looks fine. I think just it's my timing [that's off].
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm just staying with my approach and whatever happens, happens. Things aren't going my way right now and hopefully that changes soon.\"
\r\n
\r\nIt's a far cry from how dominant he was in Double-A, hitting .291 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI in 107 games, a successful start to his 2010 campaign that he claims began with his time in the Arizona Fall League last offseason.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think it helped going out there and playing with all of the good talent,\" he said of the AFL last year. \"I just wanted to keep it going from the Fall League into the season and that helped.
\r\n
\r\n\"I went to Spring Training over in big league camp and did well over there. I just wanted to have a good season and show them that I could play in the big leagues someday soon. I wanted to put it in their heads and I think I did a pretty good job of that.
\r\n
\r\nHoping to turn things around soon, he does realize he will have more time to rediscover his swing when he returns to the Arizona Fall League again this year. Laird, however, says his second stint will have a different agenda though.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm going out there to play outfield, left and right,\" he revealed. \"I'm going to hit but my main concern going out there is getting familiar with the outfield spot.
\r\n
\r\n\"With more flexibility, playing first and third as well as left and right [field], I'll be playing four positions and hopefully have a better chance next year with the [big league] club.
\r\n
\r\n\"I played outfield in high school. I'm pretty familiar with it but I haven't it in a few years so now it's kind of new. I've been doing some early work with some of the coaches.\"
\r\n
\r\nLaird says he has been shagging fly balls before the games and he will also be getting some one-on-one instruction during the early days of Instructional League before going to Arizona.
\r\n
\r\n\"They told me about a month ago before I got up here that I'd be working in the outfield,\" Laird said. \"It's going pretty well lately. I've been doing some early work, getting some reads and some drop-steps and all of that. I'm feeling pretty good out there.
\r\n
\r\n\"I am excited [about moving to the outfield]. I've got first and third locked, and going out there and playing two more positions is going to help me get to the big leagues. If I get a chance to make the club next year or get up there playing left, right, first and third, that's more for them and more for me.\"
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