Freddie Freeman Swing Analysis
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Freddie Freeman Swing Analysis: 109-MPH Ball Exit Speeds, 455+Foot Batted Ball Distances, & 25-Degree Launch Angles Like Freeman AND Ronald Acuna Jr.

 

 

Here’s a Freddie Freeman swing analysis compare and contrast video between him and Ronald Acuna Jr.:

Freddie Freeman Swing Analysis

Freddie Freeman photo courtesy: MLB.com

  • Freddie Freeman (6-foot, 5-inches, 220-pounds) & Ronald Acuna Jr. (6-foot, 180-pounds) offensive stats at BaseballReference.com,
  • Discuss critical “line-to-line” principles Freddie Freeman talks about in Fox Sports South interview video below,
  • Best time to use “hands inside ball” cues with youth hitters,
  • Freddie Freeman using rounded back, showing numbers, staying sideways, and longer front arm shape,
  • Explanation of a long swing (not in long lead arm), but having to do with hitting the “different catcher’s gloves”,
  • Overload training to help young hitters to control their barrel, and
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. not using rounded back (neutral), showing numbers a little, and longer front arm shape…

 

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  1. Joe
    Joe says:

    Joey,

    I guess the debate will continue. In watching the NL playoffs, I couldn’t help but notice the swings of Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt, who both have the front arm action advocated in this article. I won’t focus on Freeman since he was battling an injury. But Goldschmidt was 1 for 16 in the NLCS with 9 strikeouts. He bars his front arm in the manner Perry Husband and you recommend in your articles on the subject. It doesn’t seem that his front arm action allows him to make the on-the-fly adjustments necessary, especially with all of the breaking pitches and changeups being thrown in the playoffs (I saw on the MLB Network that the percentages were up 10 – 15% from the regular season). Whereas, 36 year old Howie Kendrick, on his way to being named the NLCS MVP, seemed to adjust effectively with a bend in his front arm (He is not alone in his approach as Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, D. J. LeMahieu, Carlos Correa, Juan Soto, and Anthony Rendon all deploy a bent front arm as well).

    Back to the adjustable swing vs arm bar debate, is the bent front arm more advantageous to a hitter, allowing him to make the necessary adjustments, than an arm bar approach? I tend to think so. Goldschmidt’s approach didn’t allow him to make the necessary adjustments.

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    • Joey Myers
      Joey Myers says:

      Joe, you’ll find more “adjustable” swings because it’s the majority of what’s being taught swing-wise for the last 4 decades, and it’s fairly easy to teach. But it comes with consequences. You’re comparing two hitters – Goldschmidt and Kendrick – in a snapshot in time. Google these two on Baseball-Reference.com and you’ll see, the comparison in an average 162-game season isn’t even close. The debate may continue, but the evidence doesn’t lie. Any swing strategy comes with a consequence, and IMO, the longer front arm shape has more reward than risk.

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  2. Joe
    Joe says:

    Joey,

    I am not disputing “the longer arm shape.” I agree that it straightens going into contact. It is the straightened front arm – like a pole – that I object to a la Paul Goldschmidt and Freddie Freeman. Your latest article on Mookie Betts and Trea Turner doesn’t show them using a straight front arm like Goldschmidt and Freeman. There is a bend in the front arms of Betts and Turner. Goldschmidt couldn’t adjust his swing in the NLCS. Maybe he is used to sitting on certain pitches but he got eaten up by the Nationals’ pitchers.

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