Young to work on batting eye

Young to work on batting eye

ST. LOUIS -- Chris Young has already walked 16 more times than he did last year, but the D-backs outfielder is not satisfied with his feel for the strike zone.

With that in mind, Young said that he is considering adding eye training to his offseason workout regimen.

For an example of someone with a good eye, Young points to teammate Conor Jackson, who has drawn 59 walks and fanned just 57 times this year. Young, by contrast, has 59 walks and 162 strikeouts.

"You see Conor, he has a great eye at the plate, and that's something I want to get to," Young said. "I want to be one of those guys that's not swinging at that ball just off the plate because I'm recognizing it quicker. I might do some things with eye training that can help me next year keep pitches in the zone."

It's been a mixed bag for Young this year. After hitting 32 homers last year, he has just 21, but he has improved his doubles total from 29 to 42, and raised his batting average from .237 to .248.

"I feel like, especially in the second half of the season, I've had a lot better at-bats than I was having last year," he said. "Even though the home run numbers aren't as high as last year, I'm still happy with where I am right now, because I'm still squaring balls up, I'm hitting more gaps and hitting the ball to right more than last year."

The D-backs organization certainly has high hopes for Young after signing him to a $28 million extension early this year that runs through 2013, with a club option for 2014.

"I feel like it's only going to get better," Young said. "There's definitely another level I need to reach. I definitely have the right plan in my head with what to do this offseason."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.