Offense: With a quiet load, and strong, athletic stance, Saladino makes an excellent first impression at the plate. When swinging the bat well, Saladino keeps his hands inside the ball allowing him to scorch line drives to left field. On occasion however, his load will become long forcing his pull arm to extend to a locked position. While it didn’t happen often, Saladino had great difficulty adjusting to pitches above the letters when it did.
In game action, Saladino did not show much aptitude for taking pitches the other way, but consistently made solid contact and showed the potential for gap power. His quick wrists and level swing plane are tailor-made for doubles into the left-center field gap. I have some concern with his pitch recognition as he seemed to struggle picking up decent offspeed pitches and sat “dead red” for most of the series. This led to his swinging and missing more than a hitter with his approach probably should which explains his K% of more than 22%.
Saladino @ Kannapolis: 198 PA, 165 AB, .309/.389./442/.831, 22 BB / 44 K, .412 BABIP, .365 wOBA.