PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- After starting the season off hot -- hitting for a .303/.321/.395 line in 76 at-bats over his first 19 games of the season, Alex Presley has since fizzled off. The left fielder spent the majority of the season batting leadoff, but was bumped to the two spot in place of Jose Tabata, who took off at the plate.
"We’ve revisited a lot of the at-bats that we had last year when he first joined the club, the impact that he was able to make at the top of the lineup," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "We have drawn attention to a couple of different things in his swing that I think he can ramp up."
"It starts with focus. I think he’s not as focused. It’s not that he hasn’t had any, sometimes you get misguided and fall into the trap of trying to do something he’s not normally done. His job at the top of the lineup is to get on base. And that’s what I tell him. It’s not that he needs to walk more or strikeout less, you need to hit balls that are in the strike zone."