ALTOONA, Pa. - When Blake Sabol was growing up, he was taught to be a hitter first.
As a big lefty, Sabol was pitched away often. His father taught him a common lesson, to hit the ball where it is pitched, and go the other way with those offerings.
"I was taught to just go with the pitch and hit it that way, and I would hit my singles," said Sabol.
The Pirates want the 6' 4", 225 pound Sabol to hit for more than singles. Altoona hitting coach Jon Nunnally told Sabol this year that he's a really good hitter, but makes contact too deep. Sabol was worried that if he made contact out in front, he would ground everything out.
"Nuns is just like you don’t swing up for a homer," said Sabol. "You swing down for a homer. You catch it out front."
Sabol and Nunnally have been working a...
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