ALTOONA, Pa. -- Jordan Luplow was looking to improve his swing, process and approach at the plate, so last winter the Altoona Curve left fielder headed to Indianapolis.
The Pirates’ 2014 third-round pick was coming off a season where he played in 104 games for high Class A Bradenton, but Luplow hadn’t hit more than 12 home runs in a season since joining the organization. He spent 2014 with the Jamestown Jammers of the short-season New York-Penn League, 2015 with the low Class A West Virginia Power and last season slashed .254/.363/.421 for the Marauders. He hit 10 home runs and notched 54 RBIs with Bradenton, but that wasn’t going to cut it at the next level.
“Everything shows up during the season,” Luplow told DKPittsburghSports.com. “You can’t be thinking about your swing or your hands, your foot, your bat during a game. It’s hard to do that when guys are throwing 95-plus. There’s no time to do it.”