Pierre Knows He Has Work To Do

LANSING, MI -- Shortstop Gustavo Pierre might have as much raw talent as anyone on the Lugnuts, but his 31 fielding errors entering Saturday's game already surpasses his season total from a year ago and his batting average sits at .193 with strikeouts piling up.

"Gus has made a lot of errors, that's obvious, but you know he's a young guy playing a premium position where you get a lot of balls," Lansing Manager Mike Redmond said. "I think the weather early in the season definitely was a factor."

Pierre is from La Ramona, Dominican Republic, which put him at a disadvantage because of not only the early frigid temperatures in the north, but also record rainfall.

"Yes, the weather early in the season did not help my defense," Pierre said through the help of a translator. "We had rain and it was very cold, which I'm not used to."

Still, even with the early season poor conditions, Pierre knows he has to work hard on his defense...and he does.

"On defense, I need to look at the ball," he said. "When I'm throwing to first base, I need to throw it and follow it into the glove and control it."

"Over the last ten days I've seen him start to settle down a little bit, make a lot of plays, and get more and more comfortable," Redmond said. "I think he's done a good job, we just try to get him to stay under control. Don't try to do too much with his throws, just nice and easy throws and hit guys in the chest.

"Field the balls and make plays, but don't try to do too much. That happens with young guys, the games get going fast and they try to do too much," Redmond said.

"I think that's happened with him, but I've seen a lot of improvement and we're going to continue to work with him on the fundamentals and hopefully by the end of the year he's able to cut half of those errors out and show a lot of improvement."

The concern about Pierre's defense could possibly lead to him moving off of shortstop sometime down the road, however, his bat will have to be able to carry whichever position that might be.

"He's got good hands, a great arm, he can run, he can hit for power," Redmond said. "Obviously, we're working on an approach with him at the plate and trying to be more consistent."

"Everyday I go to the cage and try to stay inside the ball and hit the ball hard," Pierre said.

"But, at the end of the day he's 19-years-old, this kid could still be in high school. There's a high ceiling for him, but we've got to get him out there and get him comfortable," Redmond said. "There's a lot of things that he's still working on trying to learn the game.

"I'm not going to put numbers on what he's going to do," he said. "I just want him to continue to improve and cut down the errors so that by the end of the season he looks good out there, he looks solid and he's making smart baseball decisions and playing the game the right way."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Gus has made a lot of errors, that's obvious, but you know he's a young guy playing a premium position where you get a lot of balls,\" Lansing Manager Mike Redmond said. \"I think the weather early in the season definitely was a factor.\"
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\r\nPierre is from La Ramona, Dominican Republic, which put him at a disadvantage because of not only the early frigid temperatures in the north, but also record rainfall.
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\r\n\"Yes, the weather early in the season did not help my defense,\" Pierre said through the help of a translator. \"We had rain and it was very cold, which I'm not used to.\"
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\r\nStill, even with the early season poor conditions, Pierre knows he has to work hard on his defense...and he does.
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\r\n\"On defense, I need to look at the ball,\" he said. \"When I'm throwing to first base, I need to throw it and follow it into the glove and control it.\"
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\r\n\"Over the last ten days I've seen him start to settle down a little bit, make a lot of plays, and get more and more comfortable,\" Redmond said. \"I think he's done a good job, we just try to get him to stay under control. Don't try to do too much with his throws, just nice and easy throws and hit guys in the chest.
\r\n
\r\n\"Field the balls and make plays, but don't try to do too much. That happens with young guys, the games get going fast and they try to do too much,\" Redmond said.
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\r\n\"I think that's happened with him, but I've seen a lot of improvement and we're going to continue to work with him on the fundamentals and hopefully by the end of the year he's able to cut half of those errors out and show a lot of improvement.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe concern about Pierre's defense could possibly lead to him moving off of shortstop sometime down the road, however, his bat will have to be able to carry whichever position that might be.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's got good hands, a great arm, he can run, he can hit for power,\" Redmond said. \"Obviously, we're working on an approach with him at the plate and trying to be more consistent.\"
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\r\n\"Everyday I go to the cage and try to stay inside the ball and hit the ball hard,\" Pierre said.
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\r\n\"But, at the end of the day he's 19-years-old, this kid could still be in high school. There's a high ceiling for him, but we've got to get him out there and get him comfortable,\" Redmond said. \"There's a lot of things that he's still working on trying to learn the game.
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\r\n\"I'm not going to put numbers on what he's going to do,\" he said. \"I just want him to continue to improve and cut down the errors so that by the end of the season he looks good out there, he looks solid and he's making smart baseball decisions and playing the game the right way.\"
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