INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - One aspect easily gleaned from Travis Swaggerty is the pride that he takes in his defense as a center fielder. He loves to range to catch the ball, and he loves to throw. Up until this season, he has rarely worked anywhere other than center field.
In his time in Pittsburgh, Swaggerty got a different look. All-Star Bryan Reynolds has put a stranglehold on center field with the Pirates, which pushed Swaggerty to the corner outfield positions for the first time.
A big adjustment, Swaggerty said, was the angle the ball takes. Center field doesn't have to deal with a slice or a hook in the same way as a corner outfielder dealing with a line. A big learning moment is knowing when to defer to the center fielder.
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