PEORIA - Great hitters will use any advantage they can to get better. For Chiefs Centerfielder C.J. McElroy, moving from the right side of the plate to the left was literally a step in the right direction."
"Just to get closer to first base. Its only a half step," said C.J. McElroy, Chiefs Center Fielder. "Main thing they want is to put the ball in play. Just go because I'm the leadoff hitter and you got to get on base. I could do it. Put pressure on the pitcher whenever I'm on base."
"With his ability to run and make contact and cause some havoc on the bases, its a great idea," said Joe Kruzel, Chiefs Manager. "He's really bought into it and worked extremely hard at it and hopefully he can continue that."
McElroy seems to have a knack for switch-hitting. He leads the Chiefs in hits, and was named to the Midwest League All-Star Team this year.
"It's difficult. My eyes change on my right side," says McElroy. "I feel dizzy, but I picked it up in Spring Training, and got a couple of hits there. Get good AB's and good quality at-bats. Use my speed to get on base."
The Cardinals are providing the best teaching tools to keep the Chiefs leadoff hitter on the base paths.
"I spent all off-season working at it everyday with my dad and other big leaguers like Willie McGee," said McElroy. "Helped me a lot during spring training and with switch-hitting."