InsidePitchMagazine.com: What has it been like to play at three different levels this year?
Yury Santana: Flying around is very tiring, but I like it. I liked playing in Hagerstown. It's a very good league. There are great pitchers and I played against some of the best pitchers in the league. I liked Kingsport and I liked Brooklyn, too. I love getting to see different pitchers.
Inside Pitch: What has been the hardest thing to adjust to at each level?
Santana: It's Ok. There are no problems since it's the same players from spring training, extended spring training and last year. For me, it's the same double-play combination, whether I play with Malo, Fisher, Triplett, or Coultas. It's the same thing since we all played together in extended spring training.
Santana: Hagerstown. The pitchers on the other teams were the most difficult and it gave me the biggest challenge.
Inside Pitch: How do you feel about being branded as a player who is all glove and no bat?
Santana: My favorite thing is defense. I have a good glove. Right now, my bat is not good but I don't know what to say. My bat will come back.
Inside Pitch: How do you plan on improving your hitting?
Santana: I need to work on staying back and on the transfer of weight. I need to work on the movement in my left foot and increasing the power coming from my right foot, in the back.
Inside Pitch: How did you become such a slick fielder?
Santana: Now, it's very easy for me. All the time I get ground balls from my coach. When I was younger, my brother, my friend, and I all played in a Dominican League. We played baseball together all the time. It was all about practice, practice, practice. But it's fun, because I like baseball.
Inside Pitch: Would you be happy if in four years, you were in the major leagues, but only as a defensive replacement?
Santana: I can play in the big leagues now for my glove. I want to be in the major leagues. It's ok if I only play the 8th and 9th inning as a defensive replacement. It's ok, since my goal right now is to get there.
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