Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, April 04, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 0
The Class A Lakewood BlueClaws’ opening day roster is loaded with young talent. Highly regarded prospects like Carlos Tocci, Shane Watson, Roman Quinn and Mitch Walding are all set to make their full season Class A debuts as the season gets rolling on Thursday evening at FirstEnergy Park. And while those names are among the ones that will draw the largest amount of attention in the early going and, possibly, through much of the season, it could very well be the returning players, one that didn’t have noteworthy debuts with Lakewood last year, that could be the difference makers in the standings.
A trio of offensive players entering their second seasons with Lakewood are back to rectify any shortcoming they displayed during their previous stints with the team. Corner infielder Willie Carmona, middle infielder Tyler Greene and outfielder Brian Pointer feel that any necessary adjustments have been made and improvements will show in their results this season.
Carmona, a 22-year-old, was selected in the 11th round out of Stony Brook University last June. After debuting as a pro, the six-foot 230-pounder got off to a very hot start, posting a .348 average, as he laced five doubles, three triples and two homers while knocking in 20 runs in 25 games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies before making the jump up two levels to Lakewood. As a member of the BlueClaws, playing most of his games as a designated hitter, a sizzling Carmona cooled off, batting .221 with five doubles and two home runs while plating 10 runners in 27 contests.
The confidence of the Hempstead, NY native didn’t suffer, as he performed well throughout spring training and is prepared to roll that into a strong regular season.
“I’m gonna be more consistent. Last year, I got here with about a month remaining (in the regular season) and I kind of struggled. So, I’m trying to just get better each and every day and work harder,” Carmona stated. Continue reading Consistency the Main Goal for Returning BlueClaws