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.
Selected for more than his bat, Busch has already made an impact in the field in pro ball.
Logging 52 innings at second base since turning pro, Busch had a 1.000 fielding percentage in 2019, while taking part in three double plays and assisting on another 15 plays.
Busch takes a lot of pride in his ability to play in the field, as he continuously works on his infield drills with the Dodgers minor-league coaching staff.
“My defense is good,” said Busch. “I’m always working on that with the coaches.”
And working with his professional coaches will be a big part of his offseason.
“I just want to get better this offseason,” explained Busch. “I’m looking forward to working hard, getting better, and working with great coaches.”
Be sure to follow Michael Busch in 2020, as he takes on a full season of professional baseball.