Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 2/22/13
When the Red Sox signed Ryan Sweeney last off season, they hoped he could add a little bit of left handed pop from the bench. Sweeney has the build of a power hitter, 6'4", 225 lbs, but has only 14 career home runs in 535 major league games. He played in 63 games for Boston in 2012 before ending his season with a broken hand, and managed to hit 19 doubles (he has averaged 31 doubles per 162 games in his career). I recall most of his doubles being gappers, not long fly balls over an outfielder's reach. This might suggest that Sweeney has never really tried to hit home runs, or never been able to harness the raw power that seems to be there. Sure enough, Sweeney was able to work with Hall of Famer Rod Carew for two weeks this winter, and believes that this might help him put more charge into his at bats. According to the outfielder, "I basically changed my swing...I changed my lower half and how I'm getting to balls. I just feel like I'm ready to hit every pitch and I"m taking good ...
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