Mahoney Preparing for Playoff Stretch

ITO catches up with Bowie first baseman Joe Mahoney.

Joe Mahoney, drafted in the 6th round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft, has performed well in 2011 despite spending time on the disabled list earlier in the year with a quad injury. Through an injury ridden 121 games, the 24 year-old is batting .297 with 8 HR 49 RBIs.

Expectations in 2011 were high for the first basemen. Not because he was the Oriole's minor league player of the year in 2010, but he maintains his own expectations.

“I put my pressure on myself. You know, I'm not where I want to be with injuries,” he said. “You always put added pressure on yourself when you get to this point, trying to make an impact. “

Although Mahoney has had few setbacks, he is staying motivated by his team's success. “We're doing good as a team, and we're in the playoff hunt.”

With the Baysox a game out of first place, and 19 games remaining, Mahoney has been working hard with Baysox hitting coach, Denny Hocking, to return to his 2010 form.

“We work on the same stuff as last year, and spring training. We work on staying consistent and repeating the same swing.”

Now, Mahoney understands the difficulties of playing at the Double-A level but is focused for the final stretch of the season.

“We're in the playoff push right now so that's the focus for everyone right now. I just want to put up good numbers and keeping getting wins.”

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