Conrad bids for a hit in second Brewers stint

Conrad bids for a hit in second Brewers stint

Conrad bids for a hit in second Brewers stint
LOS ANGELES -- Utility man Brooks Conrad returned to the Brewers on Monday with some hardware in tow.

Conrad was named the Pacific Coast League's Player of the Week on the same day he was formally recalled to the Majors, a perfect bit of timing to highlight Conrad's strange season so far. He batted .417 for the Sounds last week with five home runs and 15 RBIs in six games.

He has a hit in 16 consecutive Triple-A games, and an extra-base hit in 10 straight.

Oh, and stuck in the middle is an 0-for-21 stint with the big league Brewers.

"I wasn't swinging the bat the way I wanted to up here, but I made one quick little adjustment after my second at-bat down there and figured something out that was probably the reason I was fouling a bunch of pitches off up here," Conrad said.

That adjustment had to do with his hands, Conrad said. He credited Nashville hitting coach Al LeBoeuf for identifying the fix.

"The confidence was there, the hitting approach was there, it was just a little minor thing that I was doing mechanically that was really not giving me the best chance to put a good swing on the ball," Conrad said. "I knew I was under the ball, knew I was popping things up. I just didn't know what I was doing mechanically. Hopefully, I made the right adjustment and I can turn it around."

Conrad was the first Nashville player to win a weekly honor since outfielder Jason Bourgeois in June 2009.