Lyerly Got A Leg Up

Rob Lyerly had grown accustomed to hitting over .300 at the A-ball level the past two years, but struggled seemingly for the first time in his career when he got to Double-A. While he didn't put up the type of numbers he was used to, he did get his feet wet at the higher level and now that experience gives him a leg up for the 2012 season.

"It was a big adjustment but it's part of the job," Lyerly said. "I don't think I've played as well in Trenton as I would have liked to so hopefully I can come back next year and do better."

He hit just .246 with 93 strikeouts in just 68 games with the Trenton Thunder this past season after hitting .315 in high-A Tampa and .312 with low-A Charleston before that.

"He's definitely got potential," Trenton coach Justin Pope said. "From high-A to Double-A, a lot of people say that that's the biggest jump there is in baseball. Right now he's just trying to figure things out.

"I think once he learns how guys are going to start pitching him I think that's going to make him a lot better. And to be more patient at the plate — that's going to help him out a lot.

"I think right now his weakness is swinging too early in the count. He's thinking he's going to get a first-pitch fastball and he's already predetermined swinging and a lot of times it's not a first-pitch fastball, so right now his weakness would be just really concentrating on that good pitch to hit, that good fastball to hit and drive it."

He had never been known as a very patient hitter even before earning his Double-A promotion, but the corner infielder had displayed a knack for making consistent contact.

"I think I can hit. And I think that I'm versatile enough to play several positions. I can play where they put me and that's what I'm going to do," said Lyerly. "Playing better defense, run the bases better, being more selective at the plate, driving more balls — I've got to get better at all of it."

Those in charge of his player development know just how hard he works behind the scenes and nearly everyone believes that, along with his track history, will allow him to make the necessary adjustments going forward.

"This is his third year in pro ball and he's already in Double-A so he's moving up the system pretty quick he's hit .300 everywhere he's been so far so I know the organization likes him. If they didn't he wouldn't be here right now," said Pope.

"Great attitude. I wish we had a full team of how hard he works and his dedication. He's the first one in the cage everyday. He gets his work in the weight room. He definitely does everything he needs to do to perform on the field and now it's just a matter of time until he starts putting everything together."

While most observers might be quick to judge the less than stellar numbers Lyerly posted in Double-A, his manager believes that behind the numbers was a wealth of experience he gained that will give him a leg up for next season.

"Rob has only had a half season with us so that helps him in terms of next year," Trenton manager Tony Franklin said. "I think he's going to be back next year at this level and because he comes back next year he's got a leg up on what he's facing. And I think that helps him.

"He's done some pretty good things here and as you can see this kid's got some power and you expect him to put a pretty good power season together. It's going to take some time. It's going to be a process."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It was a big adjustment but it's part of the job,\" Lyerly said. \"I don't think I've played as well in Trenton as I would have liked to so hopefully I can come back next year and do better.\"
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\r\nHe hit just .246 with 93 strikeouts in just 68 games with the Trenton Thunder this past season after hitting .315 in high-A Tampa and .312 with low-A Charleston before that.
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\r\n\"He's definitely got potential,\" Trenton coach Justin Pope said. \"From high-A to Double-A, a lot of people say that that's the biggest jump there is in baseball. Right now he's just trying to figure things out.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think once he learns how guys are going to start pitching him I think that's going to make him a lot better. And to be more patient at the plate — that's going to help him out a lot.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think right now his weakness is swinging too early in the count. He's thinking he's going to get a first-pitch fastball and he's already predetermined swinging and a lot of times it's not a first-pitch fastball, so right now his weakness would be just really concentrating on that good pitch to hit, that good fastball to hit and drive it.\"
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\r\nHe had never been known as a very patient hitter even before earning his Double-A promotion, but the corner infielder had displayed a knack for making consistent contact.
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\r\n\"I think I can hit. And I think that I'm versatile enough to play several positions. I can play where they put me and that's what I'm going to do,\" said Lyerly. \"Playing better defense, run the bases better, being more selective at the plate, driving more balls — I've got to get better at all of it.\"
\r\n
\r\nThose in charge of his player development know just how hard he works behind the scenes and nearly everyone believes that, along with his track history, will allow him to make the necessary adjustments going forward.
\r\n
\r\n\"This is his third year in pro ball and he's already in Double-A so he's moving up the system pretty quick he's hit .300 everywhere he's been so far so I know the organization likes him. If they didn't he wouldn't be here right now,\" said Pope.
\r\n
\r\n\"Great attitude. I wish we had a full team of how hard he works and his dedication. He's the first one in the cage everyday. He gets his work in the weight room. He definitely does everything he needs to do to perform on the field and now it's just a matter of time until he starts putting everything together.\"
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\r\nWhile most observers might be quick to judge the less than stellar numbers Lyerly posted in Double-A, his manager believes that behind the numbers was a wealth of experience he gained that will give him a leg up for next season.
\r\n
\r\n\"Rob has only had a half season with us so that helps him in terms of next year,\" Trenton manager Tony Franklin said. \"I think he's going to be back next year at this level and because he comes back next year he's got a leg up on what he's facing. And I think that helps him.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's done some pretty good things here and as you can see this kid's got some power and you expect him to put a pretty good power season together. It's going to take some time. It's going to be a process.\"
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