Saez Working On Consistency

DUNEDIN, FL – Thirty-second round draft pick Jorge Saez is transitioning well into his catcher position for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. The 21-year old Miami native is adapting to his new baseball schedule and is enjoying being part of a team, especially one that is closer to home.

Saez came to Florida from Lee University in Tennessee and with little transition time between college ball and pro ball, he is experiencing his new lifestyle at a fast pace and with confidence.

"It hasn't been too bad of a transition," Saez said. "I think last summer when I went off to school was harder for me since it was my first time away from home. Since I have been here it hasn't been too bad.

"I am from Miami and I am a lot closer to home now than I was. The only thing that gets to me is the early mornings. I am up every day at 6 am, but even then it isn't really that bad."

Saez had a week between the time that his season ended in Tennessee to the time that it began here in Florida. He feels that he has not really stopped playing so he continues to stay in great baseball shape and feels well prepared.

"I am impressed with the way that he swings the bat," infield coach Juan Lopez said. "The way that he has gone from using an aluminum bat to a wood bat has really impressed me.

"Of course there is always room for improvement. He needs to work more on blocking pitches, but overall I am very happy with the way that he is playing down here."

The 5-foot-10, 185 pound catcher has recently experienced a surge of home runs that brought his team out of a losing streak and boosted his confidence.

"Making those home runs felt great," Saez said. "The best thing about it was that I helped my team win. We were in a losing skid and it helped us and it's great. It feels good to win one after losing."

Consistency is Saez's biggest concern right now. He knows that whether you have a good game or a bad game you are going to have to be back out there the next day. He stays prepared, knowing that there aren't really any off days in baseball.

"He shows some power and he's capable of hitting ten to fifteen homers," Lopez said. "As a catcher he needs to tweak a little bit on his defense.

"He works well with the pitching staff and he has better than an average arm and that's really what you want from a catcher. In the game there aren't that many guys that are complete as far as catching and throwing as a package. If a catcher can hit, it's a bonus."

As for Saez's future, anything is possible. His performance thus far, outside of a lower batting average, has been impressive and what happens for him next year will depend on his development between now and next spring. He has shown that he is capable of being a versatile player as long as he remains committed.

"If he continues to swing the bat the way he swings down here then I can see him having a chance to play in Lansing," Lopez said, "I think that he is a good candidate to go next year. It all depends on how he looks in Spring Training."


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\r\n \r\n\r\nSaez came to Florida from Lee University in Tennessee and with little transition time between college ball and pro ball, he is experiencing his new lifestyle at a fast pace and with confidence.
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\r\n\"It hasn't been too bad of a transition,\" Saez said. \"I think last summer when I went off to school was harder for me since it was my first time away from home. Since I have been here it hasn't been too bad.
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\r\n\"I am from Miami and I am a lot closer to home now than I was. The only thing that gets to me is the early mornings. I am up every day at 6 am, but even then it isn't really that bad.\"
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\r\nSaez had a week between the time that his season ended in Tennessee to the time that it began here in Florida. He feels that he has not really stopped playing so he continues to stay in great baseball shape and feels well prepared.
\r\n
\r\n\"I am impressed with the way that he swings the bat,\" infield coach Juan Lopez said. \"The way that he has gone from using an aluminum bat to a wood bat has really impressed me.
\r\n
\r\n\"Of course there is always room for improvement. He needs to work more on blocking pitches, but overall I am very happy with the way that he is playing down here.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe 5-foot-10, 185 pound catcher has recently experienced a surge of home runs that brought his team out of a losing streak and boosted his confidence.
\r\n
\r\n\"Making those home runs felt great,\" Saez said. \"The best thing about it was that I helped my team win. We were in a losing skid and it helped us and it's great. It feels good to win one after losing.\"
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\r\nConsistency is Saez's biggest concern right now. He knows that whether you have a good game or a bad game you are going to have to be back out there the next day. He stays prepared, knowing that there aren't really any off days in baseball.
\r\n
\r\n\"He shows some power and he's capable of hitting ten to fifteen homers,\" Lopez said. \"As a catcher he needs to tweak a little bit on his defense.
\r\n
\r\n\"He works well with the pitching staff and he has better than an average arm and that's really what you want from a catcher. In the game there aren't that many guys that are complete as far as catching and throwing as a package. If a catcher can hit, it's a bonus.\"
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\r\nAs for Saez's future, anything is possible. His performance thus far, outside of a lower batting average, has been impressive and what happens for him next year will depend on his development between now and next spring. He has shown that he is capable of being a versatile player as long as he remains committed.
\r\n
\r\n\"If he continues to swing the bat the way he swings down here then I can see him having a chance to play in Lansing,\" Lopez said, \"I think that he is a good candidate to go next year. It all depends on how he looks in Spring Training.\"
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