Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
As more players turn to data-driven approaches, Driveline Baseball has surged in popularity over the years. The Los Angeles Dodgers have an excellent relationship with the training academy as several players train there during the offseason.
Among them is Chris Taylor, who visited Driveline for the first time during the offseason. “A lot of our guys have done that. Everybody does little different amounts. I just went there for a day to hear what they have to say,” Taylor said of his experience.
“It’s some valuable information. If you’re not taking advantage of all the resources given to you, what are you really doing? I think it’s important to be openminded. Some of the new stuff we’re adopting into the game is obviously working and helping a lot of players. I think it would be very stubborn to not give it a shot.”
Driveline uses science and technology, including motion capture assessments and physical therapy evaluations, to help players optimize their mechanics and performance. “They do a lot of the weighted bat stuff there and it’s really putting a focus on increasing your bat speed,” Taylor explained.
“They also give you other numbers about how you can be most efficient with your swing. I think that information is very valuable.”
When asked if any numbers surprised him, Taylor said no and believes they are more beneficial for hitting coaches. “Nothing really jumped out at me,” Taylor began.
“Honestly, for me, I keep things as simple as I can. I think it’s more valuable for the hitting coaches, for them to tell me what to do.”
Taylor is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season in which he struggled mightily during the second half and missed time with a fractured left foot.
In 118 games, the 32-year-old batted just .221/.304/.373 with 25 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 43 RBI and 10 stolen bases across 454 plate appearances.
Taylor continued providing value with his versatility and is among a handful of players who could emerge as the Dodgers’ primary center fielder this season.
Mookie Betts among Dodgers who trained at Driveline Baseball
In addition to Taylor, Mookie Betts got some work in with Driveline over the offseason. The six-time All-Star is coming off an MVP-caliber campaign that saw him hit .269/.340/.533 with 40 doubles, 35 home runs and 82 RBI in 142 games.
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