The Buffalo Bisons will Change your Swing

Much has been made of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and his revelation since returning from Triple-A Buffalo. Tony Wolfe of Fangraphs noted Gurriel Jr.’s newfound ability to crush sliders, and Tim Jackson of Pitcher List, broke down the slight change in Gurriel Jr.’s swing and how he’s drastically improved his exit velocity.

On top of the mechanical change Gurriel Jr. has also altered his batted ball profile.

LD%
GB%
FB%
Pull
Centre
Oppo
Launch Angle
Mar 28-April 14
14.3%
42.9%
42.9%
32.1%
28.6%
39.3%
15.3
May 24-Present
20.0%
36.5%
43.5%
41.7%
37.4%
20.9%
13.8
He has slightly lowered his launch angle but the big change is in where he is hitting the ball. He is pulling the ball significantly more and putting it on the ground less. These are both good things, especially in a hitter’s park like Rogers Centre. Seeing this it’s no surprise that he has hit 16 home runs since his recall, with 10 being hit out to left field.
Gurriel Jr.’s change and success lead me to look at other players who have spent time in Buffalo this season. It hasn’t been to the same degree but Teoscar Hernández made a change to his batting stance while in Buffalo.

Nice catch. His hands are lower, bat is …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

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