New Hitting Approach in Erie

The Tigers AA affiliate has taken a more aggressive (mini-reg required) hitting approach. The suprising result is that they are also drawing more walks.

“They say hunt the fastball and be more aggressive early in the count because the pitcher wants to get ahead of you,” infielder Jack Hannahan said. “But at the same time you have to be selective and get a pitch you can drive. I think we’ve been really good with being selective while at the same time aggressive. We’re always ready to hit the fastball early, and if it’s not there, then take it.”

Also, apparently this is new for the Tiger farm system:

The new approach is a departure from what the Tigers have pushed throughout their minor-league system in the past, when they wanted hitters to work deep into counts.