Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: Maier, Jacobs, Yuni

Power surge

Mitch Maier hit his first Major League home run last night and is batting .328 since the All-Star Break.  Reporters asked whether Trey sees him gaining more power as he continues in the Majors.  Trey explained that power is the last piece of the puzzle for Major League hitters and that Maier is just on the cusp of developing his pull swing.  Maier has been coming in early to work off of a batting tee with Kevin Seitzer.  Hillman believes that Maier has learned a lot this year and commended him on his hard work and improved hitting.

Improvement for Jacobs

Mike Jacobs is in the lineup today with a lefty on the mound.  Jacobs had a pair of RBI singles on Tuesday night.  Trey Hillman says that Jacobs is doing a better job of staying on the ball and recognizing pitches.

Yuni assessment

The Royals are at Seattle this weekend.  It will be the first games in the Emerald City for Yuniesky Betancourt since he joined the Royals on July 10.  Reporters were asking Trey Hillman for his assessment of Betancourt.  Trey noted recent hot streaks for Betancourt, then mentioned Yuni lacks separation on his swing at the moment.  Trey believes that Betancourt’s swing will improve as he is a teachable player that learns quickly.  He described Yuni as a good self-evaluator who knows what he needs to do to improve.  Trey likes what he’s seen defensively from Betancourt.

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