Vinicio Looking To Maintain

GREENVILLE, SC - Halfway through the season shortstop Jose Vinicio was hitting strides with his offense and defense when a collision at the plate sidelined him for three weeks. Now that he's back, Vinicio has taken pride in his defense and gained more confidence offensively. Looking forward to the last stretch of the season, he aims to maintain his health, work ethic and consistency.

"He had a collision here right before the All-Star break and missed about three weeks," Greenville hitting coach Darren Fenster said. "I don't think [it's affected him but] we took our time with him getting back to make sure he's healthy 'cause he still is nineteen years old and not the biggest of guys so we wanted to make sure he was good to go before we throw him out there every day."

"At first I was a little uncomfortable and a little rusty but I've come off of it really good and feel one hundred percent," Vinicio said through the help of a translator.

Drive manager Carlos Febles doesn't feel that Vinicio's time on the disabled list was a hindrance for the shortstop, instead he has seen his shortstop work harder because of it.

"He just got back from injury but he's been alright," Febles said. "He's continuing to swing the bat well, putting together good at-bats and he's been playing real hard. I don't think its been a setback."

Since returning, Fenster explains that Vinicio's offense has been, "much more consistent. His approach has been good and he's seeing the results and a lot of the things we've been working on in the cage and in BP are taking over in the game, which is good to see.

"He's controlling his effort level very well and when he does that he's short to the ball and sees through it really well ,and puts together good at-bats and finds a way to get on base very well."

"He's been on and off," Febles add. "He's got some nights where he's chasing the pitches out of the zone, but he's got his good nights too."

Since the all-star break Vinicio is hitting .258 with six RBI's and one home run.

Fenster goes on to explain that a large part of Vinicio's offensive game is his quick hands, speed, and bunting, all of which he utilizes at his own discretion.

"He does that all on his own, that's not something that I'm telling him to do, it's something that he knows the type of player he needs to be and he knows bunting is a part of his game," Fenster said, "and he's aware of that so there's the effort there on his own without having to tell him to do it."

Febles also feels that bunting is one of Vinicio's biggest offensive threats.

"I hope he starts doing it more often," Febles said. "He's been kind of running away from it and it's one of his weapons so hopefully he gets back to it. I talk to him sometimes but at the same time, he's the one who has to make the decision to do it."

Vinicio explains that he doesn't choose when to bunt or steal a base, instead the game dictates when he does so.

"I'm a lot more confident at the plate especially on the left side more than the right but I'll keep working at it," the switch-hitter said.

On the defensive side, Vinicio and Febles have both seen a steady improvement and less inexperienced errors.

"It's much better," Febles noted. "He's getting better the more consistent he's getting with throwing, which has been his main issues but he's getting better."

"Its gotten better," Vinicio added. "I've been working harder at limiting my errors and have taken pride in my defense."

For the remainder of the season Fenster says he expects of Vinicio to "continue to work the right way and getting more things to carry over from BP and in the cage and into the game like he's been doing. I think we'll see a little more consistency than we have early on in the year and I fully expect him to finish up strong."

Febles adds he would like to see Vinicio, "stay healthy and get more patient at the plate, stay away from errors, hit line drives and ground balls and play good defense."

"Maintaining where I'm at right now. Keep playing at a high level and keep working hard pretty much," Vinicio said on where he'd like to see himself for the last month of the season.


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"He had a collision here right before the All-Star break and missed about three weeks,\" Greenville hitting coach Darren Fenster said. \"I don't think [it's affected him but] we took our time with him getting back to make sure he's healthy 'cause he still is nineteen years old and not the biggest of guys so we wanted to make sure he was good to go before we throw him out there every day.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"At first I was a little uncomfortable and a little rusty but I've come off of it really good and feel one hundred percent,\" Vinicio said through the help of a translator.
\r\n
\r\nDrive manager Carlos Febles doesn't feel that Vinicio's time on the disabled list was a hindrance for the shortstop, instead he has seen his shortstop work harder because of it.
\r\n
\r\n\"He just got back from injury but he's been alright,\" Febles said. \"He's continuing to swing the bat well, putting together good at-bats and he's been playing real hard. I don't think its been a setback.\"
\r\n
\r\nSince returning, Fenster explains that Vinicio's offense has been, \"much more consistent. His approach has been good and he's seeing the results and a lot of the things we've been working on in the cage and in BP are taking over in the game, which is good to see.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's controlling his effort level very well and when he does that he's short to the ball and sees through it really well ,and puts together good at-bats and finds a way to get on base very well.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"He's been on and off,\" Febles add. \"He's got some nights where he's chasing the pitches out of the zone, but he's got his good nights too.\"
\r\n
\r\nSince the all-star break Vinicio is hitting .258 with six RBI's and one home run.
\r\n
\r\nFenster goes on to explain that a large part of Vinicio's offensive game is his quick hands, speed, and bunting, all of which he utilizes at his own discretion.
\r\n
\r\n\"He does that all on his own, that's not something that I'm telling him to do, it's something that he knows the type of player he needs to be and he knows bunting is a part of his game,\" Fenster said, \"and he's aware of that so there's the effort there on his own without having to tell him to do it.\"
\r\n
\r\nFebles also feels that bunting is one of Vinicio's biggest offensive threats.
\r\n
\r\n\"I hope he starts doing it more often,\" Febles said. \"He's been kind of running away from it and it's one of his weapons so hopefully he gets back to it. I talk to him sometimes but at the same time, he's the one who has to make the decision to do it.\"
\r\n
\r\nVinicio explains that he doesn't choose when to bunt or steal a base, instead the game dictates when he does so.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm a lot more confident at the plate especially on the left side more than the right but I'll keep working at it,\" the switch-hitter said.
\r\n
\r\nOn the defensive side, Vinicio and Febles have both seen a steady improvement and less inexperienced errors.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's much better,\" Febles noted. \"He's getting better the more consistent he's getting with throwing, which has been his main issues but he's getting better.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"Its gotten better,\" Vinicio added. \"I've been working harder at limiting my errors and have taken pride in my defense.\"
\r\n
\r\nFor the remainder of the season Fenster says he expects of Vinicio to \"continue to work the right way and getting more things to carry over from BP and in the cage and into the game like he's been doing. I think we'll see a little more consistency than we have early on in the year and I fully expect him to finish up strong.\"
\r\n
\r\nFebles adds he would like to see Vinicio, \"stay healthy and get more patient at the plate, stay away from errors, hit line drives and ground balls and play good defense.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"Maintaining where I'm at right now. Keep playing at a high level and keep working hard pretty much,\" Vinicio said on where he'd like to see himself for the last month of the season.
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