Chris Heisey spent all of spring training and six weeks of the season looking for his swing.
"All spring, I was waiting for my swing to click," he said. "I didn't want to press too hard because it was spring training. It never really did. For the first month or so, I was pretty much completely lost at the plate."
Heisey's average was hovering around .200 when he and hitting coach Brook Jacoby had a breakthrough.
"We were in the cage," Heisey said before the Reds' 4-1 win over the Astros on Friday. "I was talking to Jacoby. I was feeling like I wasn't behind the ball. We kind of took the swing and went back to basics. I found out my hands weren't getting separated. Ever since then, I've concentrated on getting my hands away from my body."
"I've been able to stay back on breaking balls and not swing at so many breaking balls down in the dirt. That kind of thing."
He is 20 for his last 50. His average is up to .283.
"I've got to give a lot of credit to Brook," Heisey said. "He was able...