Young benefits from consistent approach

Young benefits from consistent approach

DENVER -- Last year, it was a stretch that might have sent Chris Young into a tailspin for weeks.

This year, though, the 1-for-22 slump Young endured last week disappeared quickly.

The D-backs' center fielder entered play Tuesday riding a four-game hitting streak during which he hit .471. Whereas in the past he may have started tinkering with his swing, Young has stuck with consistent mechanics right on through.

"Even in his 1-for-22 he was swinging the bat a little better," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's finding ways to pull himself out of these ruts. Maybe it's a maturity, maybe it's a calmness. He's really got down to the basics of this is what I do, this is who I am. That mentality has led to more consistency."

Last season was one Young would just as soon forget as he needed a red-hot September to pull his average up to .212. During the offseason, he worked with a hitting coach, a track coach as well as a personal trainer.

From Day One of Spring Training, he has appeared more confident and relaxed.

"I don't know when it is during a guy's career that the game slows down, but when it does, it's pretty obvious and I think for him he's starting to enter that phase of his career," Hinch said.