Evans Looks To Finish Strong

Though the numbers might not show it, Phillip Evans has improved immensely since the start of the season. To date, Evans has hit five home runs and he has showed improvements in his offense and defense. Despite his struggles during some points in the season, Evans pushed on and continued to begin each game with focus and drive.

In June when the season got underway, Evans brought enthusiasm and resolve to the game. Now, he prepares to close the season with the same resolve and determination to succeed.

"I'm still so glad to be here and I come out on the field and play hard every night. I play every game like it's my last," Evans said.

Bobby Malek, Cyclones' hitting coach, sees Evans' enthusiasm as an outlet for teaching Evans how to maximize at the plate.

"We talk all the time," Malek said, "and it's all about him understanding that he doesn't have to hit a home run every time. He's learning and improving every day."

Evans is the first teenager, since Nick Evans in 2005, to hit a home run for the Cyclones. When Ike Davis played for the Cyclones in 2008, his batting average was .256, with no home runs, a total of 17 RBIs, and an on-base percentage stood at .326 by the close of the season. Evans, in comparison, has a batting average of .228, with five home runs, 19 RBIs, and an on-base percentage of .321.

As one of the top prospects in the Mets organization, Evans experiences a lot of pressure. He faces pressure from his fans, from his coaches, and from himself. After a team-wide slump at the beginning of August, Evans reflected on what he personally can do better and he remains hopeful that his first season with the Cyclones will end strong.

"I hope I can keep my hitting and defense on for the rest of the season," Evans said. "We've all been playing some solid baseball this season, but we all go into little slumps sometimes - we all went into a slump at the same time, actually. Our bullpen is fantastic, our defense is awesome, and I just want to win some more ball games."

Rich Donnelly, Cyclones' manager, addresses where Evans stands now, compared to earlier in the season, and how his game continues to progress.

"My young guys are freshmen," Donnelly said, "and at the end of this year they'll be sophomores. They are really progressing. So far, Evans has done a really good job of moving forward."

With the Cyclones' season coming to a close, Evans sets goals for finishing strong and moving onto the postseason as an asset to the Mets organization.

"I'm focusing right now on keeping my body strong throughout the rest of the season and not wearing down," Evans said. "Once the season ends, I'm going to work on everything: fielding, defense, my hitting, and my approach—pretty much everything. I kind of want to sharpen it altogether so that I can come back next season even stronger."

Malek and Donnelly expect that Evans has a bright future and that, with improvements and personal strides, he will only see success. Evans signed with the Mets in 2011, straight out of high school, and now, he stands as a top prospect in the Mets organization.

"He's really grown," Malek said. "He's got a great future ahead of him. If he continues to work on everything we're telling him to work on, he'll be just fine."

"Evans absorbs the information we give him and when you listen to advice, it really helps out," Donnelly said. "From Spring Training on, he's been great and he's taken everything in - he's learning how to play the game and he still has a ways to go. But, for a kid that was in high school a year and a half ago, he's doing pretty darn good."


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nIn June when the season got underway, Evans brought enthusiasm and resolve to the game. Now, he prepares to close the season with the same resolve and determination to succeed.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm still so glad to be here and I come out on the field and play hard every night. I play every game like it's my last,\" Evans said.
\r\n
\r\nBobby Malek, Cyclones' hitting coach, sees Evans' enthusiasm as an outlet for teaching Evans how to maximize at the plate.
\r\n
\r\n\"We talk all the time,\" Malek said, \"and it's all about him understanding that he doesn't have to hit a home run every time. He's learning and improving every day.\"
\r\n
\r\nEvans is the first teenager, since Nick Evans in 2005, to hit a home run for the Cyclones. When Ike Davis played for the Cyclones in 2008, his batting average was .256, with no home runs, a total of 17 RBIs, and an on-base percentage stood at .326 by the close of the season. Evans, in comparison, has a batting average of .228, with five home runs, 19 RBIs, and an on-base percentage of .321.
\r\n
\r\nAs one of the top prospects in the Mets organization, Evans experiences a lot of pressure. He faces pressure from his fans, from his coaches, and from himself. After a team-wide slump at the beginning of August, Evans reflected on what he personally can do better and he remains hopeful that his first season with the Cyclones will end strong.
\r\n
\r\n\"I hope I can keep my hitting and defense on for the rest of the season,\" Evans said. \"We've all been playing some solid baseball this season, but we all go into little slumps sometimes - we all went into a slump at the same time, actually. Our bullpen is fantastic, our defense is awesome, and I just want to win some more ball games.\"
\r\n
\r\nRich Donnelly, Cyclones' manager, addresses where Evans stands now, compared to earlier in the season, and how his game continues to progress.
\r\n
\r\n\"My young guys are freshmen,\" Donnelly said, \"and at the end of this year they'll be sophomores. They are really progressing. So far, Evans has done a really good job of moving forward.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith the Cyclones' season coming to a close, Evans sets goals for finishing strong and moving onto the postseason as an asset to the Mets organization.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm focusing right now on keeping my body strong throughout the rest of the season and not wearing down,\" Evans said. \"Once the season ends, I'm going to work on everything: fielding, defense, my hitting, and my approach—pretty much everything. I kind of want to sharpen it altogether so that I can come back next season even stronger.\"
\r\n
\r\nMalek and Donnelly expect that Evans has a bright future and that, with improvements and personal strides, he will only see success. Evans signed with the Mets in 2011, straight out of high school, and now, he stands as a top prospect in the Mets organization.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's really grown,\" Malek said. \"He's got a great future ahead of him. If he continues to work on everything we're telling him to work on, he'll be just fine.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"Evans absorbs the information we give him and when you listen to advice, it really helps out,\" Donnelly said. \"From Spring Training on, he's been great and he's taken everything in - he's learning how to play the game and he still has a ways to go. But, for a kid that was in high school a year and a half ago, he's doing pretty darn good.\"
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