Originally Posted by demas863
That first week or two last year when he came up and hit every fast ball on the planet spoiled him. He appears to be so anxious to get back to that point that he swings at everything that comes near the plate. The down-and-in slider and the high-and away-fastball are his nemesis. His swing is not his problem. It's his lack of patience even when he does get ahead in the count. He's been told about this ad nauseum - even by Mike Schmidt who advised (and I perhaps paraphrase) "Let the game come to you. Don't chase it." Dusty and his coaches must be tearing their hair out. It's very likely that he'll eventually get it but the longer he fails to adjust the more uncertainty there is that he will reach his potential. The "slump" has lasted a long, long time. Winter ball for a month or so sounds like a good idea provided he turns things around. A winter of monster-mashing will only make him even more impatient and possibly unteachable come spring training.
I agree that his lack of patience is part of the problem but if you look at his swing it has become longer than it was and he needs to get it back to the way it was when he came up.