"Working on his throwing, working on his release point," Washington said. "He's adjusting, he's getting to it. He's a little unorthodox in his style and he's trying to smooth it out."
On Sunday, Borbon was out playing catch with first-base coach Gary Pettis, the former five-time Gold Glove outfielder, as he has done every day since he was brought up. Borbon said the issues were not something he was totally unaware of -- for years he has battled inconsistency in his arm motion and range. Pettis, he said, was the first coach to propose solutions to the problems.
"The little things that maybe not a lot of other people saw, G.P. saw it right away," Borbon said. "He noticed that and the reason why I wasn't coming through with my legs. I probably heard what was the reason, but I didn't know how to correct it. He's been able to do that and get me to make way better throws with more consistency, which is what we're shooting for."
The mechanical flaws were fairly minor and essentially revolved around lowering Borbon's release point, instructing him to better utilize his legs when throwing and smoothing out his delivery.
"It's not completely new, but it's more of an inconsistency thing," Borbon said. "I've seen it and it comes around every now and then and I've just got to find a way to keep it."
Borbon and the Rangers hope the adjustments can enable him to fulfill the potential five-tool capabilities he's flashed. He has 15 hits, six RBIs and eight runs in eight starts since being recalled on Aug. 7, including a four-hit and four-stolen base performance against the Red Sox on Aug. 15.
Only four of his eight starts have been in the outfield, however (the rest, including Saturday night, have been at designated hitter). Borbon hopes the arm improves to the point where Washington cannot resist penciling him in as an everyday outfielder.
"It's definitely been coming along," Borbon said. "I've been making way better throws. I haven't really been able to throw during games, but during practice I can see the differences. It's so much better."