Originally Posted by balke
Doesn't address the "double toe-tap" I read as a complaint before. People have praised his ability to read the ball and say the bat speed isn't bad. His swing is being categorized as slow - because of his double toe-tap. I guess it's just not a great way to time a major league pitch for some people.
I have read that a toe-tap in general is utilized by some of the best hitters in baseball.
I think this is the kind of signing I like. This guy can hit, period. If he doesn't hit in the MLB, it will be a problem linked to something mechanical. To me that's just a gamble worth taking.
The toughest part would be him identifying pitches and hitting them really far very often. In Cuba - he did that.
Buster Posey, the guy who the article says Abreu's swing resembles, has a delayed stride, similar to a double toe tap.