Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Update on Locke, Johnson

Zachary Levine has a new minor league notebook up, with some updates.

It's true about Corpus outfielder Drew Locke, who was hit on the hand by a pitch in Sunday's win over San Antonio by pitcher Stephen Faris. He'll be in a cast for 6-8 weeks.

Ricky Bennett:
“Our plans were to send him to play winter ball. More than likely, he'll be out for the winter.”

Chris Johnson has managed to turn around a rough 1st half to a pretty good season overall in Round Rock.

Levine notes he had a 9:1 K:BB ratio in the first half, but that's down to 2.75:1 in the second.

Express hitting coach Ron Jackson:
“We've made some adjustments with him at the plate, especially closing his stance up a little bit. The key is his front shoulder. With it being open, it never got back closed.”

“It's helped me see the ball a little bit more. A little bit less movement at the plate, which helps me just focus on the baseball a little bit more.”

As a result, he's more discriminating with his pitch selection, a product of his quieter swing. Now Johnson appears to be hitting for more power.