05/17/08 8:42 PM ET
Ortmeier doing good work vs. lefties
Outfielder/first baseman better able to focus from one side
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"I feel like this year more than any other year -- and it may have to do with just focusing on one side -- I feel very mechanically sound," he said.
This enables Ortmeier to step into the batter's box concentrating on his matchup against the pitcher instead of distracting himself with thoughts about his hands or elbows or feet.Sheer maturity has helped Ortmeier, who made the Opening Day roster for the first time after playing parts of the previous three seasons with the Giants. "I know that mentally, right now, I'm different than I've ever been, as far as not making excuses," he said. "I'm trying to be a professional."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.