Texas Rangers

April 9, 2014

Shin-Soo Choo doing ‘way better’ vs. lefties

The left-handed-hitting outfielder is seeing improved results after tweaking his approach.

Shin-Soo Choo knows all too well the attention his low average as a left-handed hitter against left-handed pitchers has received the past few years. The media won’t let him forget.

“Left-handed pitchers? People always ask me about left-handed pitchers,” the Texas Rangers’ leadoff hitter said Wednesday afternoon.

But the conversation might be changing. Choo is hitting .455 (5 for 11) against lefties this season after Wednesday’s series finale at Fenway Park.

Though he knows the sample size is small, he also knows how he feels at the plate this season compared with the feeling he had in 2012 (.199) and 2013 (.215).

Choo said that he has worked with hitting coach Dave Magadan on his approach against lefties, but he hasn’t altered his mechanics. His knowledge of the strike zone has helped get in better counts to have success.

“No doubt it’s way better than the last two years,” said Choo, a career .245 hitter vs. lefties. “I’ve said many times that I have confidence against left-handed pitchers.”

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