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White Sox' Morel discovers the long ball

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Brent Morel's recent power surge - a pair of two-homer games in the last week and five in September after hitting two before that - comes as no great surprise to White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker.

The Sox believe Morel can be a 20-home run hitter but they don't want to pin expectations or numbers on him.

"Obviously the kid is strong enough to do it,'' Walker said. " He has the bat speed to do it but that's not something we want to put pressure on him about. Those things evolve. We're just letting him progress.''

Morel said the most important thing learned in his first full season is dealing with failure. The recent power "binge" he can't explain. Or doesn't care to.

"Just swinging at better pitches I guess, and not missing them when I swing,'' he said.

Walker has Morel using his lower half better, helping him to not pull off the ball. His swing has been "more direct" to the ball instead of "cutting across a lot of balls.''

Morel walked for the 11th and 12th time Tuesday night in his last 21 games, compared to four in his first 90. He taking more pitches early in the count, and consequently getting better pitches to hit.

"I think it's been OK,'' Morel said of his season to date. "Not how I drew it up but I feel like I learned a lot and am a lot better than I was even at the beginning of this year. I'm more confident in my abilities.''

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