On Tuesday, I wrote about Kevin Youkilis and Kevin Long working together to fix the third baseman's hitting mechanics. Long found some differences in his stance that he wanted to get a head start on, and visited Youkilis at his home in California last week. In my analysis, I believed his hands were too far extended into the zone, which is what caused him to struggle on pitches thrown on the inside part of the strikezone. In an interview with Youkilis that same day, Jack Curry got a more detailed report on what's changing.
Interviewed Youkilis on Tues. He will revamp stance in 2013. Hands will be lower, legs will be wider apart and he'll be in more of crouch.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) January 16, 2013
I can't wait to see how Youkilis reacts to the new stance in Spring Training. If all goes well, it should help him make better contact with pitches on the inside.