Jaspe Excels with Help of Bormaster

Lansing Lugnuts catcher Jonathan Jaspe broke out of playing in rookie ball this season, and had a solid year defensively but is still looking to make some offensive adjustments as the post season approaches. The Caracas Venezuela native had four errors on the season and maintained a .281 batting average.

He admitted that he sometimes can get out ahead of pitches and swing at balls that are not in the strike zone.

"I am most looking to improve my batting, I work a lot on my swing," said 21-year-old Jaspe. "I've been working on staying back and waiting for my pitch."

Fastball is the pitch he looks for in the batters box and he said he is always looking to hit it back up the middle.

Jaspe spent last year in Pulaski and all of this season in Lansing. With the help of Lugnuts staff and teammate Brian Bormaster, Jaspe is feeling very confident in his defensive play behind the plate.

"Bormaster has a lot of experience and he helped me to learn about how to call the game faster," said Jaspe. "He talked to me about blocking and receiving too."

Jaspe has faced little adversity this season other than being place on the seven day disabled list after being hit by a pitch on his elbow. However, he said that injury is no longer an issue.

"I feel good now and I know I can finish the season strong," said Jaspe.

His plans for the off season include returning to Caracas to play baseball in order to improve on his batting and continue to get stronger defensively. It's his defense that he feels makes him an asset in minor league ball.

"I hope to start next year in Dunedin," said Jaspe. "Every team needs a good catcher and I know I can play there and in Double-A ball as well."

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