Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, July 29, 2013 07:30 AM Comments: 0
Prior to Lakewood’s 4-3 walk-off victory over Greenville on Sunday, I spoke with a couple of the team’s coaches and a pair of players. Manager Mickey Morandini shared his thoughts on several of his players, while pitching coach Aaron Fultz talked about how big confidence is for pitchers and injured hurler Yoel Mecias. Corner infielder Willie Carmona and outfielder Larry Greene Jr. each discussed their improvements at the plate.
Read ahead for all the exclusive quotes straight from Lakewood.
On guys like Mitch Walding, Chace Numata and Art Charles having trouble keeping their batting averages in respectable ranges-
I mean, the averages aren’t good overall. Take Willie (Carmona) out of the mix, I mean, throughout the lineup the averages aren’t where they want them to be. In Art’s defense, he’s hit a lot of balls hard, right at people, so I don’t think his average is truly reflective of how he’s hit. The other guys are pretty much where they should be, based on what they’ve done, but, you know, I think their goal is to get to that .250 mark. If they can get to that .250 mark, I think it’ll be a successful season for most of them.
On Carmona and his progress at the plate of late-
Yeah, early in the year he was taking a lot of pitches and wasn’t very aggressive in the strike zone. We talked to him numerous times about being more aggressive and being a run producer. And about early May, mid-May, he started being more aggressive in the strike zone and started having success with it. And now, heck, he’s squaring up to at least two balls a game, driving balls, driving in runs, hitting some home runs. Obviously, he’s been a big part in the middle of our offense. Continue reading BlueClaws Quotables: Morandini, Fultz, Carmona, Greene Speak