Gomez Honing His Game

Gilbert Gomez is a student of the game. Aware of the trends of baseball management in the Moneyball era, the Sand Gnat centerfielder is focused on cultivating a solid on-base oriented approach at the plate, an approach that he thinks will yield success in the South Atlantic League and beyond to the higher levels of the Mets organization.

Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 167 pounds, 20-year old Gilbert Gomez looks every bit the part of the quick and rangy young centerfielder.

But behind that young exterior lies an intelligent and analytic approach to baseball that is focused on maximizing his talent in a manner Gomez believes is conducive to the current philosophies of team and player development in American professional baseball.

Gomez's approach is derived from his own observations of what it takes to be successful in baseball. He said that upon examining the statistics of the top hitters in baseball, a common theme was a willingness to work the base on balls.

"Great players take walks and my main goal as a hitter is to get on base," Gomez said. "And with the way baseball is evolving with all the sabermetrics you really have to be on top of the game. Walks are a part of that."

The 2011 offseason was a little different from ones previous for Gomez since starting his pro-career in 2009. Gomez headed into the winter needing to rehab his knee after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

To train, Gomez returned to his native Dominican Republic and worked out at an old ball field near where he grew up. With an overall focus on agility and a little extra attention to his knee, he went about preparing for his first full and hopefully healthy season.

Gomez said he added about 10 pounds of muscle and that as a result of his work "the balls were really jumping off the bat."

At Mets' spring camp this year, Gomez was ready to go but admitted some tentativeness in regards to whether or not his knee was yet back to 100 percent. After a few days he was back putting full strain on it and he says that the knee continues to be at full strength with no issues. Once the knee issue was settled Gomez was exited to get back into competition.

"Spring training is great to get ready for the season but at the same time you also have to perform well," Gomez said. "I was excited to be back in competition."

For the 2012 regular season Gomez wants to eliminate the streaky part of his game and continue to develop consistency.

"I'm a streak guy, sometimes I'm really hot, sometimes really cold," he admitted. "I don't want to start a season too hot and then get lost. I just need to find an even mode for the entire season."

A thoughtful player, Gomez says he has history of tweaking and tinkering with aspects of his game. And while adjustments are important, Gomez thinks that in order to develop consistency and successfully eliminate streakiness he must avoid certain over-adjustments.

Sand Gnat's manager Luis Rojas concurred with this sentiment, saying that Gomez sometimes over thinks and that cutting back on that will aid in the development of his consistency.

Coach Rojas also said that Gomez, like many young players, must learn to slow down the game and use his tools effectively instead of always trying to run through the proverbial wall.

"When you are being scouted by a team that is when you really want to show off your speed or your arm," Rojas said. "Sometimes Gilbert tries to do too much like stealing a base when the pitcher is really quick to home or trying to throw out a runner instead of hitting his cut."

Rojas thinks that when Gomez learns to use his talent in the correct situations then a true complete player will be the result.

One area where Gomez admits to over-thinking has been his batting stance, something he used to change two or three times in between seasons.

"For me, instead of sticking with what I'm doing I always tried to change instead of staying in a slump. But it's not good to keep starting from scratch," Gomez said. "Now I try to keep the same swing, approach and stance and not change it until it is not working for a long amount of time."

Gomez said he views himself as a "combination player", meaning he thinks he has the potential to hit for power but also for average. To him getting on base and scoring runs is his primary objective as an offensive player.

Sand Gnat's Strength and Conditioning Coach Jason Griffin calls Gomez a "great kid" with an "obvious enthusiasm for the game." From the strength and conditioning standpoint, coach Griffin said that with Gomez, weight gain and weight maintenance is key.

"Gilbert doesn't know his own strength," Griffin said, "and until we get his playing weight up around 200 pounds we may not see his power potential."

Manager Luis Rojas also sees potential still to come in Gomez's physical development.

"There's so much to develop in that body and as his frame develops I think he's going to be running faster and throwing harder than he already does," Rojas opined.

Griffin's goal is to add about eight or ten pounds of muscle mass to Gomez's frame this season.

Gomez has an incremental outlook and approach when furthering his career and achieving his goals as a player.

"My goal is to finish each season at a level higher than the one I started in," Gomez said, "so by the end of this year or the start of next year I want to be in St. Lucie."


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nStanding at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 167 pounds, 20-year old Gilbert Gomez looks every bit the part of the quick and rangy young centerfielder.
\r\n
\r\nBut behind that young exterior lies an intelligent and analytic approach to baseball that is focused on maximizing his talent in a manner Gomez believes is conducive to the current philosophies of team and player development in American professional baseball.
\r\n
\r\nGomez's approach is derived from his own observations of what it takes to be successful in baseball. He said that upon examining the statistics of the top hitters in baseball, a common theme was a willingness to work the base on balls.
\r\n
\r\n\"Great players take walks and my main goal as a hitter is to get on base,\" Gomez said. \"And with the way baseball is evolving with all the sabermetrics you really have to be on top of the game. Walks are a part of that.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe 2011 offseason was a little different from ones previous for Gomez since starting his pro-career in 2009. Gomez headed into the winter needing to rehab his knee after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
\r\n
\r\nTo train, Gomez returned to his native Dominican Republic and worked out at an old ball field near where he grew up. With an overall focus on agility and a little extra attention to his knee, he went about preparing for his first full and hopefully healthy season.
\r\n
\r\nGomez said he added about 10 pounds of muscle and that as a result of his work \"the balls were really jumping off the bat.\"
\r\n
\r\nAt Mets' spring camp this year, Gomez was ready to go but admitted some tentativeness in regards to whether or not his knee was yet back to 100 percent. After a few days he was back putting full strain on it and he says that the knee continues to be at full strength with no issues.\r\nOnce the knee issue was settled Gomez was exited to get back into competition.
\r\n
\r\n\"Spring training is great to get ready for the season but at the same time you also have to perform well,\" Gomez said. \"I was excited to be back in competition.\"
\r\n
\r\nFor the 2012 regular season Gomez wants to eliminate the streaky part of his game and continue to develop consistency.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm a streak guy, sometimes I'm really hot, sometimes really cold,\" he admitted. \"I don't want to start a season too hot and then get lost. I just need to find an even mode for the entire season.\"
\r\n
\r\nA thoughtful player, Gomez says he has history of tweaking and tinkering with aspects of his game. And while adjustments are important, Gomez thinks that in order to develop consistency and successfully eliminate streakiness he must avoid certain over-adjustments.
\r\n
\r\nSand Gnat's manager Luis Rojas concurred with this sentiment, saying that Gomez sometimes over thinks and that cutting back on that will aid in the development of his consistency.
\r\n
\r\nCoach Rojas also said that Gomez, like many young players, must learn to slow down the game and use his tools effectively instead of always trying to run through the proverbial wall.
\r\n
\r\n\"When you are being scouted by a team that is when you really want to show off your speed or your arm,\" Rojas said. \"Sometimes Gilbert tries to do too much like stealing a base when the pitcher is really quick to home or trying to throw out a runner instead of hitting his cut.\"
\r\n
\r\nRojas thinks that when Gomez learns to use his talent in the correct situations then a true complete player will be the result.
\r\n
\r\nOne area where Gomez admits to over-thinking has been his batting stance, something he used to change two or three times in between seasons.
\r\n
\r\n\"For me, instead of sticking with what I'm doing I always tried to change instead of staying in a slump. But it's not good to keep starting from scratch,\" Gomez said. \"Now I try to keep the same swing, approach and stance and not change it until it is not working for a long amount of time.\"
\r\n
\r\nGomez said he views himself as a \"combination player\", meaning he thinks he has the potential to hit for power but also for average. To him getting on base and scoring runs is his primary objective as an offensive player.
\r\n
\r\nSand Gnat's Strength and Conditioning Coach Jason Griffin calls Gomez a \"great kid\" with an \"obvious enthusiasm for the game.\" From the strength and conditioning standpoint, coach Griffin said that with Gomez, weight gain and weight maintenance is key.
\r\n
\r\n\"Gilbert doesn't know his own strength,\" Griffin said, \"and until we get his playing weight up around 200 pounds we may not see his power potential.\"
\r\n
\r\nManager Luis Rojas also sees potential still to come in Gomez's physical development.
\r\n
\r\n\"There's so much to develop in that body and as his frame develops I think he's going to be running faster and throwing harder than he already does,\" Rojas opined.
\r\n
\r\nGriffin's goal is to add about eight or ten pounds of muscle mass to Gomez's frame this season.
\r\n
\r\nGomez has an incremental outlook and approach when furthering his career and achieving his goals as a player.
\r\n
\r\n\"My goal is to finish each season at a level higher than the one I started in,\" Gomez said, \"so by the end of this year or the start of next year I want to be in St. Lucie.\"
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