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Leonys Martin changed his swing again, this time with the help of Edgar Martinez and another secret weapon.

If you were to start writing a semi-regular column at Baseball Prospectus that dives into the mechanics of hitters' swings, I am almost positive no one would choose to start with Leonys Martin. Nobody is jonesing for a breakdown of Martin’s swing, except for maybe his immediate family. However, the Mariners outfielder is intriguing to me because of what he represents.

Why hitters decide to make changes to their swing at various points in their career is fascinating. There are players like the Twins’ Byron Buxton or the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who have various coaches and instructors providing them with input to maximize their production for the organization. They are a significant investment, so naturally a team wants them to pay dividends as soon as possible.

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The Twins have baseball's best collection of minor league talent. Now they have to make sure that talent makes it to Minnesota.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Parker Hageman is one of four founders of TwinsDaily.com and has covered the Twins since 2006. He provides stat analysis, interviews and GIF breakdowns. Follow him on Twitter at @OverTheBaggy, where you’ll come for the baseball but stay for the dysfunction.

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