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March 14, 2014

Going Yard

The Many Swings of Chris Davis

by Ryan Parker


Chris Davis came into the major leagues in 2008 as a highly touted slugger from East Texas who was expected to hit monster home runs in bunches. He hit 17 home runs in a little less than half a season, but the next three seasons were the most frustrating three years of his baseball career. That began a stretch during which his swing was under heavy scrutiny and suffered numerous ill-advised changes. Davis was chosen for this article because the swing changes he made or was encouraged to make are some of the “go-to” changes hitting coaches will push upon their players.

Let’s look at bright-eyed Chris Davis as he hits a home run in his first year in the show. Here he has an upright stance coupled with some moving parts. He loads his hands down and tight to his body as his front leg moves. Not the simplest move, and Davis seemed to be in organization that considered simpler better. There is obvious intent to hurt the baseball in his swing, but that intent wouldn't translate into production until three years later, when he was traded away from the Rangers.

Take a moment to get familiar with the identity of Chris Davis. He holds his hands very deep, with his back elbow at a 90-degree angle. During the gather phase of his swing he uses a decent-sized leg lift combined with a slight lowering of his hands. His natural approach is incredible for a power hitter. Watch his hips. The front of his hips angles up while he inwardly rotates his back hip just a bit. He then lines his whole swing up with his hip to give an upward trajectory to the ball. He torques his hips back early then aggressively begins to open them, all while holding his shoulders square. This is great hip flexibility. The one drawback is his back knee. It ends up in a great place but is a tad late getting there. Watch how Davis’ back knee rotates back toward the catcher before driving forward and down. If 2008 Chris Davis wanted to get everything into the ball he had to commit extremely early.

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