September 26, 2021

Dodgers Draftee Michael Busch is Working Hard in Pro Ball (Baseball Essential)

Los Angeles Dodgers first-round pick Michael Busch got a taste of what playing pro ball was like in 2019. Busch, who missed a little time due to injury, still managed to record 24 regular season at-bats and appeared in two playoff games for the low-A Great Lakes Loons last month.

Recording three hits in his 24 at-bats wasn’t the best start for Busch. But the prospect showed great discipline in the batter’s box, as he picked up seven walks and maintained a .371 OBP in his first pro season.

His hitting potential was best displayed in his playoff game on September 8 when Busch went 2-for-4 with an RBI against the South Bend Cubs.

Keeping his plate approach simple, Busch admits that he hasn’t made any changes to his swing since turning pro.

“I haven’t changed anything to my approach,” said Busch. “I’m just trying to keep things simple out there.”

And not overdoing it should help Busch in 2020, as fans hope he can put up the kind of numbers he did at the University of North Carolina.

Finishing his college career with a .279/.428/.483 slash line and a .911 OPS after 584 NCAA at-bats was a major reason for the Dodgers selecting Busch 31st overall.

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