Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is using a more open batting stance this spring, a change he decided to make on his own in the offseason.

So far, manager Clint Hurdle likes the results.

"The first guy I ever saw use an exaggerated open stance was (Andres) Galarraga, when he was trying to find a way to get back to a more squared position when his front foot hits the ground," Hurdle said. "Different body types can present different challenges. Andrew feels really comfortable with that little opening on the front side and setting it down soft. It's getting him back toward the pitcher and getting him squared up, keeping the barrel in the zone longer."