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Former Oklahoma State star Jordy Mercer talks hitting, playing middle infield

Jordy Mercer made his Major League Baseball debut last May. Before leaving for spring training, he talked baseball with The Oklahoman's Bryan Painter.
by Bryan Painter Published: March 16, 2013

From the time a guy steps in the box, what are you reading?

You're reading swing path, you've got some scouting reports on him off his previous at-bats. So you have a pretty good idea, say he fouls a pitch off or he lines one the other way so you might want to take a step the other way and it depends on what the pitcher's throwing.

At what levels of your baseball career from the time you were little have you used a batting tee?

I have used a tee since I can even remember, probably right when I started walking. I probably started using the tee and to this day I still use the tee. So my whole life, through all levels of baseball I've used a tee.

A tee kind of resets you. It kind of gets you going back in the right direction. You're trying to stay through the ball, stay up the middle, and it teaches you just to square it up the whole time and not worry about where it's going.

When you first get up to the tee you just want to set it straight forward at a height that feels comfortable. You want just a nice and easy swing, try to hit right in the back side of the ball and try to hit it right in the middle every time.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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