AFL Scouting Report: Wayne Lydon

Wayne Lydon (Mets) is taking satisfaction in his work and learning some important keys to the game while he's in Arizona. His numbers aren't as important as the added instruction that he's getting, although he would love to bring up his stat line before the season ends. Plus, Ryan Howard keeps doubling his pleasure, while Dan Giese shuts down opposing hitters.

The Mets in the Arizona Fall League are working, and for Wayne Lydon, the work is tough.

"There are a lot of adjustments down here," Lydon said as he shagged at Hohokam Park in Mesa. "I'm getting more time in center field, just staying down and getting better jumps."

"I'm trying to soak it all in. There's so many players down here and so much happening, with me and with the other guys I know down here, we're all just trying to settle down and play."

Numbers are big, especially in baseball, but Lydon knows that down here numbers can be overrated. "I'm working on a lot of things, making changes and trying to adjust, so sometimes you're just not as comfortable as you'd like to be." Lydon's number's in the AFL haven't been spectacular, but he doesn't use the adjustments as an excuse. "No, you have to produce if you want to move up. I know there's an opportunity with the big league club in center field. If I want a shot at that spot, I have to produce. That's why I'm making the adjustments."

What adjustments in particular?

"Especially from the left side I'm trying to shorten my swing a little, just put the ball in play more. I've been working a lot with [Peoria Saguaros Manager] Russell Pevey on that, and it is going to bring results." Still Lydon's numbers are down, does it worry him? "I can't worry. I've got a shot to make the big league club, what I'm doing down here is closing up any weaknesses now, so that if I get that call I can produce on the big league level. That's what it is all about. I understand the big picture. It isn't about what you do here, its about what you do at the next level. Of course good numbers are nice, because its good for your stock, but the coaches down here are working with me, I'm working hard, and I think everyone understands that I'm trying to put things together to get better."

Phillies in the desert: Dan Giese is officially hot. The 27 year old right-hander threw another shutout inning and added another strikeout to his total. He has now thrown 12 innings and struck out 12 hitters. His ERA dropped to an even 3.00 following his latest outing...Ryan Howard added another double to his league leading total and now has 10 AFL doubles. His 1-for-4 day has his average at .391 for the season. Tough day for Buzz Hannahan. The infield prospect went 0-for-5 and is now hitting just .216 and has struck out 14 times in 37 at bats. Chris Roberson came in as a pinch-runner for Howard, but was stranded on base.

Editor's Note: James Renwick is the managing editor of and is covering the Arizona Fall League for Eric Leach has had his photos published in various baseball publications and is serving as a freelance photographer for, covering the AFL.

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