Gary Sanchez | Swing Like the Greats
Gary Sanchez has set a record for being the fastest player to hit 20 career home runs. With a swing like his, I can't say that I'm surprised. His pre-swing movements and bat path are very high level. In this video, I compare him to the best hitters ever.
Lets take a close look at Gary Sanchez's Swing.
When you master the barrel turn, the early bat speed, the adjustability, and the momentum it can produce. It provides a hitter with the confidence to use a leg kick.
They KNOW that they can take a monster leg kick and take the biggest swing possible because they know that they can catch up.
Many say "Only freaks can do that,"
A leg kick, especially one as early as Sanchez' puts the weight where it needs to be. The weight should shift forward as a result of the barrel turn.
His body starts to fall forward, hands resist by pulling back. Then the hands turn the barrel and the weight is allowed to fall forward.
This mechanism is present in all truly great hitters
Look Familiar? (David Ortiz)
Is Gary Sanchez for real?
Gary was clearly locked in when he got to the big leagues. He was able to consistently catch the ball out front and pull the ball to left field.
Unlike a typical pull hitter (Bryce Harper), he displays the movements and adjustability necessary to handle pitches on the outer half.
Coaches often talk about hip rotation and speed or explosiveness. While we definitely want to use the bigger muscles, the hips are not a muscle and they certainly shouldn't just rotate.
The back leg pushing forward combined with resistance from the upper body creates an elastic stretch and fire component to the swing. The result of that process is the back leg pushing through and finishing towards the pitcher.
If rotation is the goal, force is applied away from the oncoming pitch. Sanchez achieves the LOOK of rotation but I assure you, he is not squishing the bug.
Early Bat Speed