Wednesday night's performance brought to mind the bat the Rays witnessed during Spring Training, when Chirinos hit .429 (9-for-21) with two home runs, two doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. After beginning the season at Triple-A Durham, he now appears to be finding his way at the plate in the Major Leagues.
Chirinos and hitting coach Derek Shelton have worked on a few things during the past week to tweak Chirinos' swing.
"We've been working on getting ready and seeing the ball a little sooner," Chirinos said. "We've been doing it for the last week, so it was good to see some results last night."
Chirinos said a lot of hitting problems he's had can be traced to not being in hitting position at the right time. Now he says he's starting his move earlier, which gives him a "better chance to see the ball and have a better swing."
Chirinos and Shelton have looked at film from Spring Training.
"Just trying to get myself comfortable at the plate," Chirinos said. "And [Wednesday] I felt really comfortable."
Shelton noted that Spring Training is a "hard indicator" for assessing talent.
"Especially for guys who haven't been in the big leagues, because of when they play in games, there are a lot of fastballs early on," Shelton said. "I think there were a lot of things we saw in Spring Training that we liked. But he got off to a rough start to start the season at Triple-A. And then he'd been coming on, so I think we just continued on with what they've been talking about."
Shelton allowed that Chirinos is a good student.
"He's a good listener and I think he understands," Shelton said. "He's a good kid. For everything we've talked about, he's been very diligent and worked on it, he's worked very hard."