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Sanchez finds success with choking up

Sanchez finds success with choking up

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Sanchez finds success with choking up
MILWAUKEE -- Despite being 22, Hector Sanchez takes an old-school approach to hitting when the count reaches two strikes. He chokes up on the bat, moving up his hands approximately two inches.

Sanchez, who won Monday night's series opener against Milwaukee with a 14th-inning home run, said that choking up gives him more bat control and bat speed when he needs it. Class A Augusta manager Lipso Nava, who was that team's hitting coach when Sanchez played there in 2010, coaxed him to try this technique.

"I have more chance to hit the ball," the switch-hitting Sanchez said. "With the fastball in, I can throw my hands at the ball. I feel comfortable."

Having hit a handful of home runs on two-strike counts, Sanchez believes that he doesn't sacrifice power when he chokes up.

"You can swing harder. That helps a lot," he said.

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