First baseman Dillon Paulson is finding success in pro ball with his patient plate approach. In fact, Paulson recorded 82 walks with an OBP of .366 in 416 at-bats split between low-A Great Lakes and high-A Rancho Cucamonga, which are two stats that the prospect is very proud of.
“I do take a lot of pride in my approach,” explained Paulson. “It’s something that I’ve worked hard on with my hitting coach growing up. ‘He told me you have to find a good pitch to hit.’ I believe if you don’t find a good pitch to hit, you’re not going to be too successful at the plate.”
And Paulson’s ability to find a good pitch to hit showed during the 2019 season, as the prospect recorded 27 doubles, two triples, and 16 home runs between the two levels.
Another area that Paulson is working hard on improving is his ability to be reliable in the field. Maintaining a .987 fielding percentage in 924.1 innings while taking part in 66 double plays and recording 71 infield assists was a nice way for Paulson to showcase his defensive talents.
His great numbers in the field came about due to an adjustment he made to his fielding during the 2018 season.
“Last year I came in and worked really hard with our infield coordinator,” said Paulson. “He told me to be more one-handed. The change has allowed me to be more free-flowing in the field.”
Another thing that’s helping Paulson’s defensive game is his constant focus on his footwork around the bag.
“I think there’s always room for improvement in your game,” stated Paulson. “I think just knowing my way around the bag, and knowing where my feet are going is the most important thing.”
Be sure to follow Dillon Paulson in 2020, as he continues to find success with his plate approach and play in the field.