Why Can’t Byron Buxton Hit?
Byron Buxton is in a SLUMP. As of today, he is 4 for 47, and has struck out in over half of his at-bats. He seems like he can hit every other year. He is only 23, and if he weren’t such a highly touted prospect, most people would probably not bat an eyelash at the fact that he is struggling with big league pitching. Luckily, because he has been such a monster prospect, there is a lot of available video of his swing. I dedicated most of my analysis to his swing throughout 2016 season with the limited video available from this year and then compared them to his swing in 2015 (the last year he hit well) and his swing during high school.
The first thing that really stuck out to me when watching him take batting practice is that his entire right side of his body seems awkward– his right pelvis is depressed, his knee is super far under his pelvis, and his spine has a sideways curve. More than that, when we look head-on it is possible to see that Buxton begins his stance with an anterior pelvic tilt, which seems to disappear as he loads his swing. There is a lot going on biomechanically that is not optimal. I am a firm believer that alignment plays the biggest role in how effective and repeatable any athletic movement will be. Considering the precision required in hitting a baseball, I think it is often overlooked.
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