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Dodgers News: Chris Taylor Feels Like He’s Close to Figuring Swing Out

The numbers show mostly struggles for Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor this spring straining. Even after a two-hit game on Saturday, Taylor is still hitting just .135 this spring. He’s struck out a team-high 16 times, continuing bad habits from last season when he led the team in strikeouts while posting his worst season at the plate since he joined the Dodgers in 2016.

Through it all, Taylor is trying to keep a positive mindset.

“It’s really not about the hits — it’s about the quality of at-bats. I’ve been having trouble moving [the ball] forward and finding barrels, which is more frustrating than the batting average, and the strikeouts are frustrating. I’m progressively trying to work through it and get a better feel.”

Via Jack Harris, LA Times

After hitting his first home run of the spring, Taylor said he’s getting close to putting it all together.

“I feel like I’m close. I feel like I’ve kind of figured some stuff out the last two days, and I feel like I’m trending upwards.”

It’s been said a lot over the last few months, after the departures of guys like Trea Turner, Justin Turner, and Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers will need CT3 to rebound to the type of hitter that made him an All-Star in 2021 to have any hope of going all the way in 2023. Manager Dave Roberts has even said as much himself. Taylor dealt with injuries last season that, by his own admission, created bad habits. Now fully healthy, he should be in a position to succeed. He just needs to figure that swing out sooner rather than later.

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Clint Pasillas

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