Salcedo Still A Work In Progress

At times, the season Edward Salcedo had in 2012 was extremely impressive, but he also had his share of struggles. Whichever way you look at it, he is still a work in progress.

"I've gotten better at the plate," Salcedo said. "I had a good year hitting."

Salcedo's power numbers spiked this year, as he led the Hillcats with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs. He even tied for the team-lead with 130 games played, showing his durability.

Despite the Dominican third baseman's confidence and his improving power, there is another side to the story.

He finished the year with a .240 batting average, which isn't bad for a power-hitting third baseman. However, Edward Salcedo also led the team in a few other categories, racking up 130 strikeouts and 42 errors.

Looking at the season as a whole, Lynchburg hitting coach Bobby Moore suggested that inexperience might have played a part in Salcedo's hot and cold season.

"Moving from shortstop to third base is tough at this level," Moore said. "He had his good months and his bad months, but that is expected of a young kid, trying to do too much too quickly."

After seeing him play for the entire 2012 season, Moore knows what the 21-year-old prospect is capable of, and he remains optimistic.

"He has improved," Moore said. "Does he have a way to go? Absolutely. But he is heading in the right direction with his progress."

He did set his goals high for this past year, and he ended up with mixed results. Now he knows what he can do better.

"I didn't feel like I made all my goals," Salcedo said. "This season I tried to hit .280, have 15 bombs and 80 RBIs. The only thing I got was the homers, but that's fine."

His regular season with the Lynchburg Hillcats is over, and he can't do anything about his stats anymore. But there is still more baseball ahead of him in 2012.

"I hope to go to Spring Training and do the best that I can to make the team in Double-A," Salcedo said. "I'm working hard, and we'll see what happens. I know they'll give me the opportunity to play every single day, and I'm going to take advantage."

Salcedo will have many more at-bats and defensive chances for him to take advantage of. As he thought about what the key to his success will be at the next level, the answer was almost instinctual.

"It's right here," Salcedo said, as he pointed to his head. "It's focus. I know that I can do it, and I know what I have to do."

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