Jon Nunnally Discusses the Hitting Development Approach in Altoona

ALTOONA, Pa. - In his first year in the big leagues, Kansas City Royals outfielder Jon Nunnally found himself in a 3-0 count against the Seattle Mariners.

The next pitch was one he hit off the wall.

"I hammered this ball, and I top spun it," Nunnally said.

The next day, Nunnally recalled talking to his hitting coach when Ken Griffey Jr. walked out of the opposing dugout with his hat on backwards.

"Hey, that ball you hit yesterday?" Nunnally recalls Griffey saying to him. "That can’t happen."

"What do you mean?" Nunnally responded. "I hammered that ball."

"Yeah, you did. But that ball is supposed to land in that tank," said Griffey Jr. "You’ve got to spin that ball out of here. You got too good of a pitch to hit that wall like that. You’re supposed to hit that ball out of ...



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Great stuff….Loved it


Awesome content here!


All this sounds good in theory, but outside of a couple of exceptions, it doesn’t appear to be working. I assumed this is the major league philosophy, too?


Wow! Great article.


“Nuns” appears to the right coach in the right place to help develop these prospects. Great article Tim.

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