Lewis gave fans something to remember by hitting for the cycle in his third game with the Giants last year in Colorado.Schierholtz may be the best pure hitter. "I try not to over think," he said. "My focus is on being patient and getting my pitch to hit, and to keep making adjustments. As you play, there are always things you want to prove. You want to show you're constantly getting better and making adjustments. It's important to show that you are working hard."
Hitting coach Carney Lansford leaves him alone, a tribute to his work ethic and the quality of his swing."He's there when we need him," Schierholtz said. "He hasn't made any changes, and he's watched me in here in the Fall League. He also saw me last year," when the Grizzlies played Colorado Springs, where Lansford worked last season. "He's seen me enough and he lets me hit the way I want to hit. I'd definitely trust his opinion." Schierholtz's spring average (.238) is not where he wants it to be, but he doesn't strike out much and turns in productive at-bats. He led the Giants with eight RBIs entering Tuesday, and that's with five hits. He was one of 10 Giants with a home run and had hit three sacrifice flies. "We work on situational hitting during batting practice," Schierholtz said. "After that, for me, it's trying to use the gaps and staying away from the lines." Schierholtz was drafted as a third baseman and was quickly converted to the outfield. It's his hitting that will keep him in the Majors, if the Giants (or some other team) make room.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.