Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Video of Alexander Guerrero's first home run in Dominican Winter League

Yes, it's the Dominican Winter League, but Alexander Guerrero's first home run is a glimpse into what the Dodgers and their fans can expect from the offensive-minded second baseman going forward.

Guerrero went 3-for-3 with a home run. He also exited the game early due to an apparent injury.


I'm sure the possible injury was minor. Even if it's significant, Guerrero has the rest of the winter to recover.

Now, it's hard to evaluate Guerrero's swing mechanics from one shaky video against a 24-year-old Japanese pitcher in Sho Iwasaki, but I'm going to try to do just that. Again, take this with a grain of salt -- or a full canister of Morton's Iodized Salt (no, I'm not getting any money from Morton's for that).



Guerrero's swing looks rather effortless and smooth. He takes a quick path to the ball with his swing, allowing him to pop the homer. His base is a wide stance with a significant leg kick during his load. His hands are quiet and don't move much pre-swing. His hips open up as his bat is quick through the zone, but not in a violent way. There's an ease about this swing that is encouraging.

Don't take what I write next literally, but his follow-through and finish look Alex Rodriguez-like. I'm in no way saying he's going to be Alex Rodriguez, but that's what I see (from this video) as he finishes his swing.

Here's hoping the injury is minor and Guerrero continues to get seasoning in the DWL. I don't think there's much danger of him missing the opening day roster, but the moves the Dodgers make this winter will shed light on that situation.

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Oh, Don Mattingly finished second behind Clint Hurdle in National League Manager of the Year voting. He received two first-place votes and 17 second-place votes. Not bad for a guy who was almost fired in June and was almost not brought back following a trip to the NLCS.

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