Looking around the majors, Daniel Descalso began to notice trends. Hitters with big movements. Swing paths changing. Power generated from sources where there had been none. At the same time, Descalso was coming off the worst year of his career. He decided the time was right for change.
Like so many hitters in recent years, Descalso rebuilt his swing to incorporate more modern philosophies and experienced success as a result. He didn’t suddenly become a monster offensively, but a formerly light-hitting infielder became at least a modest threat.
Signed by the Diamondbacks last month to provide a left-handed complement to their infield, Descalso hit .264/.349/.424 in 250 at-bats for the Colorado Rockies. And his numbers weren’t purely a product of Coors Field; his numbers on the road (.765 OPS) were nearly as strong as at home (.781). It was the best offensive season of his career.
“I was happy,” Descalso said. “I kind of just trusted it instead of searching for stuff during the season like I had in the past. I was comfortable in the box, and I just kind of let that feeling roll for a while.”