Braves rookie center fielder Jordan Schafer is a strikeout machine! I guess his batting eye is suffering from HGH withdrawal or something because he's leading the NL with 34 strikeouts in just 103 plate appearances. At this rate, he'll break the all-time single season record with over 230 strikeouts and completely shame his ancestors.
But don't worry about that happening, because Ol' Chip is on the case and playing the role of mentor:
Strikeout-plagued rookie Jordan Schafer spent nearly two hours Tuesday working with third baseman Chipper Jones, who had noticed several flaws in Schafer's swing in recent weeks.
Schafer has been playing with a sore left wrist since hearing a pop on a swing in an April 10 game against Washington. He said the wrist has improved some in the past week, since he stopped taking extra batting practice. He also insisted it wasn't the reason for his recent struggles.
Jones and hitting coach Terry Pendleton said that compensating for hand or wrist injuries can cause a player to compensate and get in bad habits with his swing. Both of them believed that's probably happened with Schafer, at least to some degree.
Jones' coaching and influence totally worked last night. Schafer only struck out once against Mets starter Livan Hernandez, instead of his usual rate of 2.5 whiffs per game. After the game, Chipper and Jordan went down to the shooting range where the kid missed every single target.