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Orioles | Alexi Casilla could abandon switch hitting

Baltimore Orioles 2B Alexi Casilla has been working on and considering abandoning swinging from the left side of the plate. Casilla will move over to the right side of the plate Friday, May 10, with the team facing a right-handed pitcher. He's a natural righty with the stick, and he's 1-for-9 against righties this year and 6-for-26 against lefties. "In the past years, they say I hit too many fly balls from my left side, fly outs. They see I stay on top of the ball better from my right side, so they came up with the idea, 'What if you hit only from your right side?' I said, 'I can try.'" 2B Ryan Flaherty was seeing the majority of starts at second base against righties, but he's hitting only .122 in 26 games.

Fantasy Tip: Casilla has never lit the world on fire offensively, but maybe this will trigger some improvements in his profile. There could be a period of adjustment, too, so don't expect an overnight rejuvenation. Flaherty will continue to get starts, too, so Casilla is best used as middle infield depth in AL-only universes.

2013-05-10 15:18:22 | Source: - Roch Kubatko

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