"I've been sticking with the same approach I've been using for the last four months," Marcus Knecht
said. "Just trying to stick it out and find that energy inside me to stay consistent."
Even with the recent record heat and August quickly approaching, Knecht continues to stay energized as he's been one of the Lugnuts' most consistent producers this season.
"Staying healthy, eating right, and working out a couple times a week," he said. "Just trying to stay in my routine that's been working for me for four months."
Knecht credits the work he did in the offseason for his ability to stay healthy and productive this season.
"I put a lot of work in during the offseason," Knecht said. "A lot of swings, a lot of repetition, and a lot of working out at the gym.
"Pretty much, it's all in the head and you've got to be aggressive and when they throw you something over the plate you've got to hit it. It'll only get tougher going to the higher levels, so I might as well start now."
"He's obviously one of our everyday outfielders, and he's done a tremendous job this year so far," Lansing Manager Mike Redmond said. "He's in his first full season like all of our outfielders.
"He's got a lot of skills, he can throw, run, hit, and hit for power. He just needs to go out there and play. He needs to be in games, game situations and get experience. He's a special player, he's got a chance to play in the big leagues. He's been fun to watch, he's done a good job.
"Guys are going to go through the times when they scuffle and that's baseball," Redmond said. "Especially at this level. He works hard everyday. He gets here early and does work in the cage. He's doing his work, he's got a routine.
"Defensively, he's done a nice job out there throwing some guys out and making some great plays. He hits the cutoff man. There's a lot of upside there, he's been fun to watch and get a chance to manage him. He's a great teammate. He's very open to improving himself and he wants to be a big-leaguer."
Knecht is not bashful about his big league aspirations, but he is focused on this season and not letting it get away from him.
"A lot changes through the year and you have to make adjustments," Knecht said. "You see how the pitchers are pitching you for a bit and then they change their pitch speeds throughout the year. It's good to be noticed and to have your hard work be rewarded but I've just got to stay within myself.
"At the moment [when I'm at the plate], I try to think about nothing," he said. "I'm just staying patient and trying to hit the pitch I'm looking for and not the one that the pitcher wants me to swing at. Sometimes it can be tough, but you've got to grind it and fight it and stick with your approach and hit the pitch you can hit.
"The only way to see those pitches is to keep your mind clear. I mean, even if the umpire misses a call it could ruin your at-bat, but that's just another thing you have to fight through. You have to stick with what you want to hit. Maybe take a half of the plate and give him a half or a third of the plate and wait until he throws it there. That's key.
"You've got to minimize your physical movements at the plate and not get caught, but it's all in the head," he said. "The swing is the same no matter what pitch he throws. Can't be worried about the next pitch, you just have to respond and react."
Knecht is truly dedicated to his approach at the plate, never letting himself or his ego get too high or too low.
"It's pitch-by-pitch, but you have to stay level and leave the emotions out of it," he said. "Keep the mind clear and the body relaxed, and be on that next pitch he throws."
Marcus Knecht's bat has been a bright spot this year as he's third in the Midwest League with an on-base percentage of .397 (min. 200 PA). As he continues to progress in his first full professional season, Knecht talked about making adjustments and his mental approach at the plate.
Marcus Knecht got off to a strong start this year and he wants to finish it the very same way.