<<<<What I took from that is, do not expect consistency from Duda in 2013, and hope he gets it by 2014. Also, it looks like Hudgens is going for a better average as opposed to power, which I agree with. As Ted Williams used to preach, 'if you hit right, you're HRs will come'. I still do not think Duda will hit 25 this year. I will be happy if he tops 20. It would be good if he can get near .292 again though. >>>>
True, but Hudgens needs to respect the hitter for who he is. Last year, I feel he tinkered way too much with guys like Davis and Murphy. The year before, he got to Wright.
Some of these guys have made it to the majors as hitters, and you can't suddenly turn them in Luis Castillo.Same thing with the pitching staff... As soon as some of these guys make it with what they do best, Warthen tries to convert them. Look at what he did to Harvey after only 1 start.
So you want Duda trying to crush every ball because he thinks he should be a HR hitter? You want him hitting towering pop ups and striking out while hitting .250 or below? OR should he try to change his approach to actually hit well? IF he were doing what he should be doing, I would agree with you. If you watch Duda's swing, when he is in a groove, he hits laser beam line drives, not moon shot HRs. Duda is actually more of a doubles hitter (if he had any speed). The HRs he does hit just go over the wall, but they do so on line drives that are crushed. It is when he tries to elevate the ball he creates huge holes in his swing. If you read the article, what Hudgens was saying was, he is trying just reduce the 'noise' in Duda's approach to get him back to where he used to be just hitting the ball. He is not trying to change Duda, more so return him to a former state.
Harvey was pitching great, and there was no need to change. If you think Duda hit well last year, and that should be the goal, well the team may be in big trouble.