Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton broke out in a big way in 2017, hitting 59 home runs with the Marlins, but the slugger's journey to becoming one of the league's most feared hitters came with trial and error.
"I was a flawed hitter, for a few years in the league I was pretty much just a guy swinging at a ball,'' Stanton told the New York Post. "I had a lot of battles with myself where I had to learn in the big leagues."
Stanton, who on Saturday hit his first home run in a Yankees uniform, noted that he ultimately opted for a closed stance once he realized it worked best for him. He said his legs are the slowest part of his body, so he wanted to adjust his stance accordingly.
"With the power and everything I can do things wrong and get away with it and people will say that it's right, which is what took me a little longer to realize what I need to do," Stanton said. "A lot of film on where is my contact point? Where are my feet? All of that, a lot of times no matter if I started open, straight up, a little closed my best striking position was closed.''
With this stance, Stanton said he is able to obtain consistency and "barrel accuracy" as opposed to other stances that might give him the most power.
"I want to let the ball get as deep as possible and put the best barrel onto the ball," he said. "It reminds my muscle memory how fast my hands are and how much time I have to get to a 98 mile an hour fastball."
Through 21 at-bats this spring, Stanton has seven hits, four RBIs, and a home run.