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Sweeney is fixing his swing

[Scott Merkin]:

It took Ryan Sweeney almost the entirety of the Arizona Fall League to produce his first extra-base hit, eventually finishing with one home run and two doubles. But the 22-year-old left-handed hitting top prospect in the White Sox system didn't seem bothered by this West Coast power outage, although it might be one of the traits he needs to exhibit to stick in the big leagues for the 2008 season and beyond.

"Right now, I'm trying to get the swing down where it feels comfortable to me. I'm not worried about the other stuff. Obviously I want to do good down here, but I'm not really worried about what I'm hitting or what the numbers are saying. I'm trying to get something that feels good. Right now, my swing feels good and my approach feels good."
Following the AFL title game, Sweeney intends to take a break from baseball until December. Assuming he's still with the White Sox at that point, Sweeney will resume working on whatever the White Sox have in mind -- even if it's an increase in power for this natural talent.

"It's the end of a long season, so it's not an excuse, but hopefully the power comes. If not, I guess I'll just have to be a leadoff hitter or something," said Sweeney with a laugh. "[Last season], I just went into one of the biggest slumps I've had in my career. Hitting .270 [for Triple-A Charlotte] isn't bad, but I expect much more out of myself than that. Being in my second year in Triple-A and hitting pretty much .300 my first year [.296], I was pretty disappointed. There's nothing I can do about it because everybody has bad years. I just have to hopefully forget about this year and just worry about next year."

Sweeney's team, the Phoenix Desert Dogs, will play on Saturday's AFL Championship. BTW, Baseball America has it's Top 20 AFL prospects list. Our presence is quite impressive.
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  • Jim has video of Ryan Sweeney's first AFL extra base hit (3-run HR). He had 2 doubles yesterday.
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  • And Carl has a new comic strip: Another Slow Start