Ozzie Albies Swing Breakdown Reveals REAL Ways To Hit For Consistent Power [An MLB Case Study]
In this Ozzie Albies swing breakdown video post, we'll discuss:
- What he IS NOT doing, and
- What he IS doing with Catapult Loading System comparing righty v. lefty swings.
Compared to other Woolly Mammoth hitters in the league like Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton, Ozzie Albies stands at a vertically challenged 5-foot, 8-inches tall, and weighs only 165-pounds! Jose Altuve may come to mind? If so, then check out this post titled, “Jose Altuve Hitting Analysis Reveals A Pathway To Repeatable Power”.
By the way, his left handed swing is dampening his numbers quite a bit unless he makes some adjustments to his mechanics. His left handed swings make up about 75% of his at-bats. We'll go over this in a little bit…
What he IS NOT Doing
- Squishing bugs,
- Zero head movement,
- Keeping feet inline with pitcher during turn and in follow through (scissoring),
- Chopping down on the ball, and
- Locking out front knee at impact on every swing.
Look, if you want the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to consistent power, then don't look for it in the legs. The legs are only 20% of the power game. The other 80% is found in the spinal engine. Don't believe me? Then check out this post titled: “Is Rotating Back Hip Through The Zone Necessary For Power?” I tell my hitters, your spine engine gets you to the wall, and your legs get you over.
What he IS doing with Catapult Loading System Comparing Lefty v. Righty Swings
Please note: there's quite a discrepancy between his lefty versus right plate appearances at this point in the 2018 season, so please keep that in mind. A full season or seasons will tell us the true story, assuming he doesn't change anything mechanically during that time.
Lefty swings in relation to using the Catapult Loading System:
- Not ‘showing numbers' to the pitcher very well,
- Little to NO ‘downhill shoulder' angle, and
- Not ‘hiding his hands' from the pitcher.
Righty swings in relation to using the Catapult Loading System:
- ‘Showing numbers' to the pitcher beautifully,
- Slight ‘downhill shoulders' between 6 to 10-degrees,
- ‘Hiding hands' from the pitcher like a champ!
The Plate Appearances are definitely not equal, so we'll see what happens by the end of the season. But my fear is, if Ozzie Albies doesn't change the relationship of the Catapult Loading System to his lefty swing, he'll see more right-handed pitchers.