INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Panik Focusing On “Contact”-Meulens: Core “Expected To Produce”

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Injuries derailed the Giants 2018 season. 2B Joe Panik was one of the walking wounded last year, but now he’s healthy and has been tearing up the Cactus League hitting over .400. Bench Coach Hensley Meulens is optimistic about this season, especially because Buster Posey should be back to his All Star form.

Unlike many hitters in the Major Leagues, Panik is not concerned with launch angle :

“Everybody wants to hit home runs, but the moment I start thinking about that, that’s when I go bad. I’ve been really trying to focus on contact point. If I hit the ball in the right contact point that’s when the ball will go. Don’t think about lifting the ball because that’s when bad things will happen.”

Meulens talked about Posey coming off hip surgery:

“Hitting wise it restrained him (last season) from being at his best, powerful and driving balls. Catching as well he wasn’t feeling like himself…I’m hoping he can get back to where he was the year before (hit .320 with .400 on base percentage).”

Listen To Panik and Meulens

Join us again next week when we hear from Giants 3rd Base Coach Ron Wotus.

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