“It is always a disappointment, but I got a little
taste to see what it was like,” McAnulty
said. “I still have to work
everyday. I still have to pay my dues
and hopefully one day I will be up in
One day, the slugging outfielder hopes, is sometime later this year.
“My number one goal this year is to get in the Big Leagues sometime this year,” he said candidly. “That is my ultimate goal, to get in the Big Leagues sometime this year.”
Aspirations are high for McAnulty
after he tore up the California League and helped
His totals in
.297 average, 23 homers, 36 doubles, 85 RBI’s, 88 walks, and 97 runs scored
He continued his success in the Arizona Fall League posting:
.353 average, six homers, ten doubles, 25 RBI’s, nine walks and 24 runs scored in 27 games.
But the most important work of the offseason came during the Instructional League and his hard work in the outfield.
He was not scheduled to go to Instructs but thought it was an important part of his defensive development.
A converted first baseman, McAnulty
had his first exposure to the outfield last season in
“It is going real good. I have been playing the outfield a lot. On the Big League side I was playing right field a lot. I am feeling really comfortable out there compared to last year. I worked really hard in Instructs and the Fall League and it is starting to show, starting to pay off for me.”
Part of his offseason was working to add more muscle and get quicker. Besides adding ten pounds of muscle to an already formidable frame, McAnulty worked hard to make sure he could cover more ground in the outfield.
Knowing how spacious
I got a couple weeks off and then started working out again,” McAnulty said. “I am a little bit quicker than I was last year. I feel a lot better than last year and I will see what it is like playing at this weight.”
After a season that accumulated 62 extra base hits with the
Storm, it is hard to imagine how many he will have this year with increased
strength. Either way,
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