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Nick Madrigal takes viewers behind the scenes on hitting drills, approach

2 years agoStaff Report

Nick Madrigal hasn’t been around the big leagues for long but he has already become well known for his status as a unicorn within the game.

In an era where strikeouts now outnumber hits, Madrigal makes more contact than any other player in baseball. He has whiffed only 24 times in 83 games (324 plate appearances) and sports a .317 batting average.

When the Cubs acquired Madrigal from the White Sox at the trade deadline last summer, they were intrigued by his unique ability and how it would impact the lineup.

Now that Madrigal is healthy and back on the field, he took Marquee Sports Network through his hitting drills and approach.

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On a back field at the Cubs Spring Training complex in Mesa, Ariz., Madrigal set up tees and went through his routine — starting with a focus on hitting line drives to the right side of the field. From there, he moved to a high tee to ensure he stays on top of the ball and doesn’t pop it up.

“One thing that really helps me with the high pitch is I really think about throwing my hands at it,” Madrigal said. “If I try to swing with my upper half, I feel like that’s when I dip a little bit. One thing my dad and my family has always taught me hitting — throw my hands at the ball. It’s always helped me.”

Check out more from Madrigal in the video above.

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