Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hoping to restore 2017 relationship with his swing


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Chris Taylor and his swing mechanics have a turbulent relationship.

They were very good together in 2017. Taylor committed to significant swing changes that propelled him from the classic “4-A” player to a breakout season in the major leagues featuring 21 home runs, an .850 OPS and co-MVP status in the National League Championship Series.

The relationship got rocky last year. Taylor struggled to replicate that swing on a nightly basis. His numbers dropped off – he lost 34 points in batting average (down to .254) and 75 points in OPS and led the National League in strikeouts (178).

“I think CT just got into a little bit of a mechanical rut that he had a hard time getting out of,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “But it really speaks to CT’s compete in terms of the year he had. If you looked back at the end of the year, CT had a really good year. There were just parts of the year where it didn’t feel like it.

“We feel having Robert (Van Scoyoc, the Dodgers’ new hitting coach) back working with him, having someone who knows his swing that well and being able to be on top of it will be a helpful thing.”

Taylor has credited his work with Van Scoyoc before the 2017 season for changing the arc of his career. “Having his eyes on me all year” will be beneficial, Taylor agrees. But it has still been a frustrating spring trying to find that same comfort level with his swing, Taylor said.

“I felt good the first week (of spring training) and then I think I just tried to make too many changes at once,” Taylor said. “I had a lot of thoughts going through my mind.”

That was pretty much how Taylor spent last season.

“I thought it was a disappointing year, honestly,” he said. “I just felt mechanically I wasn’t in a great spot last year. The bat path was the biggest thing. In ’17, I thought I got on plane a little earlier and there was more room for error. A little flatter through the zone. I thought I was able to catch balls deeper so if my timing wasn’t perfect I was still able to shoot them the other way and still get hits.

“Last year, I felt I had to catch everything a tick more out front and if I was late I …read more

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