In the New York Post, Mike Puma explains how Lucas Duda is getting more comfortable playing right field, thanks in part to outfield coach Tom Goodwin.
Goodwin has Duda playing more shallow, contrary to what he was used to, so less balls drop in front of him.
“I was taught when I was growing up, never get beat over your head,” Duda told Puma. “Playing [shallow], that’s kind of a switch, but it’s an adjustment, and I have to make it sooner rather than later.”
Since the adjustments to Citi have taken away that long triple-creating gap, when a ball is tanked, it’s usually going to be a home run or double. And with Kirk Nieuwenhuis or Andres Torres patrolling centerfield, there’s a good chance they can run something down should it be hit in right centerfield gap. Having Duda play shallow is a numbers game: take away the hits that shouldn’t fall in, but give up the one or two balls in the gap that would probably require an extraordinary play anyway.
To read more from Duda, as well as quotes from Goodwin, check out Puma’s report on Duda’s defense for the New York Post.