Livesay, drafted in the 42nd round last year, boasted about the physical change he's endured since joining the Braves organization.
"From the time I signed to the time I came down for the Extended Spring training [this year] I gained twenty pounds working out and hitting all winter," Livesay said.
Despite the weight game, Livesay acknowledged that his biggest asset is still his ability to be quick on his feet.
"My biggest asset is running," he said. "I'm able to beat a lot of infield hits out and I get down the line quick.
The more time spent on the field, the more at ease the recently turned 19-year old feels in his first professional season.
"I feel comfortable defensively. I've been playing a lot of centerfield," he said.
Hitting coach, D.J. Boston, agreed that Livesay obtains a good work ethic, bringing all he's got to the field.
"Defensively, he's come a long way," Boston said. "He's worked his tail off and that's one thing he's got to take pride in as a good defensive outfielder. Once he realizes that he can't take days off on defense he'll be fine in the long run, which is a plus for him."
While Livesay's comfort level in the outfield continues to rise, the young prospect explains that there are many things he has to improve.
"During the Extended Spring training I was working on my swing, trying to stay back on the ball, and getting my timing down," he admitted.
Livesay is hitting .261 and has only struck out three more times than he's walked thus far, quite the feat for such a young player. The left-handed batter described what he's currently concentrating on as a hitter.
"What I've been working on this season is the way I approach the plate, getting my pitches to hit, and to swing at good pitches that are strikes," Livesay said.
"I think he's a work in progess, getting accustomed to playing everyday," Boston added. "In High School they don't play as many games and aren't out on the field for that long. It was good for him to come down to Extended Spring training and get a good grasp of what is expected during the season."
He has scored eleven runs in 17 games thus far which is quite good considering he didn't start in two of those games.
"Livesay's biggest asset is his speed," Boston said. "He's not going to be a guy to hit the ball out of the park 35 or 40 times, but he can be a guy to set the tone for the players who do hit the ball out of the park."
Livesay's agility is key this GCL and adds much promise to the young prospects future.
"I think he could be really -- with adjustments to his hitting, hitting stronger, and getting accustomed to playing a little bit deeper in the outfield -- he'll be fine," Boston elaborated.
"If he can learn to put the ball in play, get on base, and steal some bases, he'll be a big help to anybody in the big leagues."
Livesay A Work In Progress
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