Mets C Travis d'Arnaud hit his second home run of the spring during Monday's 8-2 win against the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla.
Throughout his career, d'Arnaud's swing had included a pronounced wrapping of his bat over his helmet, which would make his swing too long, hitting coach Kevin Long explained to the NY Post in February. By eliminating the 'bat wrap,' Long believes d'Arnaud will regain his quickness and consistency at the plate.
In 20 at-bats this spring, d'Arnaud is hitting .450 and has four RBI.
"We set out for him to do one thing, and that's to repeat his swing," Long said Monday, according to Newsday's Marc Carig. "He's done exactly that. ... So, hopefully we can keep him in that lane and - if he does that - we know what he can do."