"I was most excited to join such a good team," the 24-year-old said. "We're in first and we have great pitching, and I get to be surrounded by great hitters like Darrel Ceciliani, Cory Vaughn, and [Allan] Dykstra. I just want to try to fit in."
In his 55 games with High-A St. Lucie, Taijeron batted .303, hit 9 home runs, and slugged .564. Through his first six games ever at the Double-A level, he is hitting .308, has hit three home runs, and is slugging a remarkable .769. It is a small sample size, but it certainly appears that playing at Double-A has inspired Taijeron in order to meet the higher level of competition.
"I came up with the approach that the pitchers would be keeping it in the strike zone, so I have adjusted and I'm looking there more than I used to (at St. Lucie)," he said. "I feel like I have been able to relax here pretty quickly."
So far it does appear that Taijeron's approach regarding the strike zone has indeed led to him being able to hit at the same clip that he did in St. Lucie, but more of his outs are coming from strike outs here, as in 28 plate appearances he has so far struck out eleven times, while he had only struck out 54 times in 222 plate appearances at high-A.
Manager Pedro Lopez would like to see an improvement in Taijeron's discipline at the plate, but thus far he likes what he sees.
"He's been great at the plate and in the field," Lopez said. "For him to have success at this level he's gonna need to (work on) his discipline, especially with curveballs low and away. If he does that, I think he's gonna be okay."
For his part, hitting coach Luis Natera likes what he has seen out of Taijeron, but he is waiting to see what to work on with his new player.
"I met him in Spring Training, and he did well, and I like what I have seen so far," Natera remakred. "He has power to all fields and is a big strong kid, but I'm not really (working with him) on anything yet. He just got here, and I'm letting him play to see what he does well, and we'll go from there."
One thing that Lopez noted that he is most impressed with is Taijeron's mentality and his approach to the game. Taijeron's mentality easily comes across when speaking to the young left fielder.
Taijeron, new to Double-A, cannot go for more than a few sentences without speaking about how much he admires his teammates and how his main goal this season is to contribute in a meaningful way to the team with the best record in the Eastern League.
"I just want to help this team make the playoffs," Taijeron answered when asked what his chief goal was for this season. So far he's been a great addition to the B-Mets both in the field and at the plate. He is an exciting player who has great confidence in himself and his abilities.
"I plan to keep getting better," Taijeron concluded.
Taijeron Looking To Fit In
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