Yorvit Torrealba seeing the ball well
Torrealba has tallied seven hits in his last 15 at-bats, including three multi-hit efforts in the last four games when recording an at-bat.
"Obviously, I'm seeing the ball a little bit better," Torrealba said. "I'm trying to swing at good pitches, instead of getting myself out. I was too aggressive early in the year. Lately, it seems I've been a little more patient and seeing the ball better and had quality at-bats."
The Rangers catcher is hitting just .236 for the season with three home runs and 12 RBIs, but those numbers have gone up with the way he's been swinging the bat recently. Torrealba is hitting .278 with a home run in June. It's been a change of approach at the plate, but Torrealba admitted it was tough to go through some struggles throughout the season.
"Because I was getting myself out, I was getting frustrated," he said. "I would go into my next at-bat and try to overdo stuff. I kind of took a step back and tried to make sure I'm able to control myself and get a good pitch to hit and don't miss it. So far, it's been working."
Keeping the momentum going will be a difficult task since he shares time at catcher with Mike Napoli, but Torrealba is up to the challenge.
"It's hard," Torrealba said. "Obviously, all you can do is work as much as you can in the cage and work with the hitting coach. It's always going to be hard. Your timing is the most important thing. If you're not facing pitchers every single day, everything can go off. I just try to do the best I can to get ready for my next start."
Lately, he's been producing when he gets the opportunity, and that's more than can be said about a lot of guys in the Rangers' lineup right now.
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