Concepcion Ready To Tackle Double-A

For outfielder Ambiorix Concepcion, nothing could have been better than his father and younger brother flying from the Dominican Republic to see him participate in the Florida State League All-Star Game. Well one thing might be better: also hitting a three-run homer.

"That was the best and biggest moment in my career so far," said Ambiorix Concepcion. "With my father and brother in the stands, it made the feeling so much better."

Five days later, Concepcion got even better news. With Binghamton outfielder Bobby Malek sidelined with a broken bone in his wrist, Concepcion received the call that he was promoted to AA.

"I was surprised, excited, happy - all of those emotions when I heard the news I was being called up," exclaimed Concepcion.

However, Concepcion shouldn't be that surprised of his promotion. Before being called up, he was hitting .287 with one home run, 33 RBIs and 18 steals. His 21 doubles tied him for first in the Florida State League and his 81 hits placed him fifth in the league.

"He hasn't got a hit for us yet, but we know that he has the tools,' said manager Juan Samuel prior to Friday's game. "It's just a matter of him making some adjustments. We have to be patient and let him go out there and enjoy himself."

While his offense is solid, Concepcion's defense might be the biggest strength of his game. It took two months into the Florida State League season before Concepcion committed his first fielding error.

"His defense is great and he has an outstanding arm," said Samuel. "Combine that with his speed on the base paths and we hope he can help us win some ball games."

While Concepcion seems to have a solid all-around game, it's what he idolizes of his favorite player, Manny Ramirez, that can help refine his game.

"I love Manny because he's so patient at the plate, he always knows what's going on," Concepcion said. "If there is one thing I want to improve upon is my two-strike approach because I want to cut down on my strikeouts (67), all the time I try to be the best that I can be."

Now at Binghamton, Concepcion will have the guidance under hitting coach John Valentin to help improve that weakness. It took almost three months for Concepcion to go from St. Lucie to Binghamton, hopefully AAA Norfolk won't be that far behind.

"He's a very good athlete," Samuel said. "I think he has the complete package."

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