MLB: The big adjustment a Cardinals prospect made to his batting to debut in GL

During the COVID-19-induced shutdown in 2020, the young Lars Nootbaar worked with his old friend John Soteropulos. Nootbaar feels the work done helped him hit .308 / .404 / .496 in 35 Triple-A games and allowed him to spend as much time as he did in the majors, including landing on the Los Angeles roster. St. Louis Cardinals from the Wild Card Game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Hitting coach Soteropulos helped again with a trip to Arizona. The pair were heading to the batting cages in the morning before a night game of the AFL -Arizona Fall League-, making up to 150 swings before reaching the field:

That, plus consistent at-bats for the first time in a long time after serving on a bench position in St. Louis, has been exactly what the doctor ordered the 24-year-old outfielder.

Lars Taylor-Tatsuji Nootbaar (his full name), 1.90 meters tall and 210 pounds, made his MLB debut on June 22, 2021 and drank his cup of coffee. In 109 at-bats he hit .239 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 58 games.

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I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: The big adjustment a Cardinals prospect made to his batting to debut in GL