See how Adam Dunn’s adjustment is helping him finally hit like Adam Dunn
Adam Dunn came into Tuesday’s game hitting an unfathomable .133/.235/.300, with six home runs to go with his eight singles. Suddenly, it appears as though he’s coming around thanks to a mechanical tweak.
Here’s what ESPN’s Buster Olney said after talking to Dunn on Sunday:
Adam Dunn said Sunday he had blown up his hitting mechanics, altered position of his hands. HR Tuesday, another today, among two hits.—
Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 15, 2013
It took a couple of days for his adjustment to pay dividends, but on Tuesday night, Dunn homered off the Twins’ Kevin Correia, and on Wednesday afternoon, he connected for two homers, one against Mike Pelfrey and one against Josh Roenicke; he also added a double off the former. Here’s the home run off Correia, prior to which you can hear the White Sox broadcaster noting Dunn’s intention to keep his hands higher:
It’s an imperfect comparison due to pitch location and perspective (not to mention the fact that I didn’t dig too deeply in the MLB.com archives to find the below screen grabs), but note the placement of Dunn’s hands on that homer to this one hit on May 5, 2012 against Jose Valverde:
In the more recent shot, Dunn’s hands are atop the yellow line, whereas in the older one, they’re below it (and partially blurred, as the capture wasn’t as clear).
In any event, Dunn has been awful since signing a four-year, $56 million deal with the White Sox prior to the 2011 season. He hit an historically poor .159/.292/.277 with 11 homers that year, finishing with a -2.8 WAR. His rebound to .204/.333/.468 with 41 homers and 105 walks in 2012 was worth just 1.3 WAR, and he came into Wednesday 1.3 WAR below replacement level, for a net of -2.8 WAR, all for the low, low cost of around $30 million. He’s never going to be worth what the Sox are paying him, but getting back to replacement level isn’t too much to ask, is it?