23-year-old outfielder Brian Gump began his 2010 season batting .183 in 22 games for the Phillies affiliate Advanced A-level Clearwater Threshers. After struggling there, Gump was sent down to Lakewood, where he was the everyday right fielder through their South Atlantic League championship run in 2009.
Upon his return to Lakewood, Gump started on a 3-for-25 (.125 avg) stretch before manager Mark Parent placed Gump 3rd in the lineup and Gump worked closely with team hitting coach, Greg Legg, to iron out some flaws in his own mechanics. Since then, things have turned around for Gump, going 12-for-29 (.413 avg.).
I talked with Brian, who was a 26th round draft pick out of UC Santa Barbara in 2009, last week about his turnaround at the plate and several other topics. Check out the media player below, to listen to the interview.
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