Freeman Working Through His Struggles

BROOKLYN, NY - The short-season level is home to the youngest players and those most heavily focused on development. That is no different for catcher Taylor Freeman. Freeman holds down the backup job for the Brooklyn Cyclones, but is trying to make the most of his time both at the plate and behind it.

Cyclones catcher Taylor Freeman knows he has not performed up to his capabilities so far this season. However, he also knows that baseball is a game of enormous difficulties and it takes time to achieve success. That success may not be shown in the stats right now for Freeman, but it is something he knows will be coming soon because of the hard work and dedication he puts into the game.

"I haven't been doing exactly what I have wanted to, but it's a tough game", he said. "There are always ups and downs, but in the end if you play hard and your mind is at ease, you can live with yourself."

Playing hard is the only way Freeman knows how to play. Though he is struggling at the plate batting just .170 (9-for-53) with 16 strikeouts, there are other areas of his game which he has improved in, including his knowledge of the sport.

"I'm becoming smarter as a hitter and I'm learning to be a hitter. There are some things that I could get away with in college that I can't get away with in pro ball and I've learned that."

Freeman's awareness of what he needs to do to progress is not only about what he has been doing at the plate, but what he has done behind it as well. While he has had his troubles swinging the bat, he has had no such problem with his defense. Rather, he has developed quite nicely during his time at Brooklyn and is very proud of what he has accomplished to this point.

"I definitely think I've made some big strides behind the plate from being drafted and playing at Kingsport until now. I feel like I have definitely, definitely gotten better."

Speaking of the draft, Freeman was selected by the Mets in the eighth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He spent the whole season with the Kingsport Mets before joining the St. Lucie Mets earlier this year for a couple of games. Freeman got a taste of a higher level before he was assigned to the Cyclones.

His assignment can be attributed to the valuable time he spent at spring training previously this year. There, he was able to fix his mechanical issues and work on the duties that come with being the backstopper.

"Spring training was good. I worked with Bobby Natal, the catching coordinator. I worked on my footwork, getting the ball to second and I worked on my hitting as well. I feel like I had a good spring training and got some good out of it."

As much as it helped Freeman prepare for this season, spring training is now over and done with, and it is time to move forward. The 2010 campaign is already nearly a month old and although he is not performing the way he would like, he is still working on certain areas of his game that need improvement for him to become the complete player.

"I'm continuing to be consistent at the plate day in and day out. Everybody gets better – nobody's the best – and I have to continue to get better every day at everything."

Freeman certainly has his work cut out for him in terms of getting better at the plate, as it is a long process that may take some time. Nevertheless, his approach to the game as well as his passion for it will eventually help him right this ship. As long as he continues to work hard every day, sooner or later good things will come his way and his season-long slump will become a thing of the past.


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\r\n \r\n\r\n Cyclones catcher Taylor Freeman knows he has not performed up to his capabilities so far this season. However, he also knows that baseball is a game of enormous difficulties and it takes time to achieve success. That success may not be shown in the stats right now for Freeman, but it is something he knows will be coming soon because of the hard work and dedication he puts into the game.
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\r\n\"I haven't been doing exactly what I have wanted to, but it's a tough game\", he said. \"There are always ups and downs, but in the end if you play hard and your mind is at ease, you can live with yourself.\"
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\r\nPlaying hard is the only way Freeman knows how to play. Though he is struggling at the plate batting just .170 (9-for-53) with 16 strikeouts, there are other areas of his game which he has improved in, including his knowledge of the sport.
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\r\n\"I'm becoming smarter as a hitter and I'm learning to be a hitter. There are some things that I could get away with in college that I can't get away with in pro ball and I've learned that.\"
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\r\nFreeman's awareness of what he needs to do to progress is not only about what he has been doing at the plate, but what he has done behind it as well. While he has had his troubles swinging the bat, he has had no such problem with his defense. Rather, he has developed quite nicely during his time at Brooklyn and is very proud of what he has accomplished to this point.
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\r\n\"I definitely think I've made some big strides behind the plate from being drafted and playing at Kingsport until now. I feel like I have definitely, definitely gotten better.\"
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\r\nSpeaking of the draft, Freeman was selected by the Mets in the eighth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He spent the whole season with the Kingsport Mets before joining the St. Lucie Mets earlier this year for a couple of games. Freeman got a taste of a higher level before he was assigned to the Cyclones.
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\r\nHis assignment can be attributed to the valuable time he spent at spring training previously this year. There, he was able to fix his mechanical issues and work on the duties that come with being the backstopper.
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\r\n\"Spring training was good. I worked with Bobby Natal, the catching coordinator. I worked on my footwork, getting the ball to second and I worked on my hitting as well. I feel like I had a good spring training and got some good out of it.\"
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\r\nAs much as it helped Freeman prepare for this season, spring training is now over and done with, and it is time to move forward. The 2010 campaign is already nearly a month old and although he is not performing the way he would like, he is still working on certain areas of his game that need improvement for him to become the complete player.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm continuing to be consistent at the plate day in and day out. Everybody gets better – nobody's the best – and I have to continue to get better every day at everything.\"
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\r\nFreeman certainly has his work cut out for him in terms of getting better at the plate, as it is a long process that may take some time. Nevertheless, his approach to the game as well as his passion for it will eventually help him right this ship. As long as he continues to work hard every day, sooner or later good things will come his way and his season-long slump will become a thing of the past.
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