The plan for last season's MLB leader in strikeouts is to become even less selective.
Adam Dunn struck out 222 times in 2012, one short of the all-time record for a season set by Mark Reynolds in 2009 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It comes with the territory. Power hitters tend to strike out more. But Dunn feels he can do something about the strikeout totals this year. Known as a patient batter, who led the major leagues in pitches per plate appearance (4.43), Dunn not only had the most strikeouts in baseball last year, he also had the most walks (105).
Both of the strikeout and walks totals could take a hit with his new strategy.
“I think that’s going to be an emphasis this spring is trying to be more aggressive, not get myself too deep into counts,” Dunn said. “It’s kind of to give me something to work on this spring instead of being so selective early, especially first pitch.”
Of course, there is no promise that he will continue the approach in the regular season, just that he will try it on for size in Cactus League play.
Dunn to address rising K totals
ESPN.com | Feb 18