Hebert Sets His Base

Chaz Hebert, this year's 27th round pick out of high school, signed too late to see any time with the Gulf Coast League and had to wait until Instructs to get his feet wet at the professional level. With that out of the way and seeing how he stacks up to the competition too, he says he has some more motivation now.

He was one of the last picks to sign with the Yankees at the signing deadline in mid-August and his new career in Pinstripes was a bit of a surprise to him too.

"I was really surprised they even drafted me because I had no contact with them, really," Hebert said. "I had no visit [from them] or anything. I think I talked to them one time, maybe. When they drafted me I was real surprised.

"I was really excited to get my career started early, especially with the Yankees. They are the best team in baseball."

That career has yet to officially start, however, as he will have to wait until the 2012 season to see his first official minor league game. He did get his professional baptism going at Instructs though.

"Instructs wasn't bad," he said. "It was a learning experience to give me a better idea of what to expect when I go into Spring Training [next year].

"It's more of a routine, a day to day basis of what to do. You're doing stuff everyday to get better. There's a lot of good players, that's for sure.

"I thought it went good. I didn't really give up anything. I pitched to the best of my ability and it went well so far."

The results were quite good from the left-hander. Boasting an average fastball that sits around 88-89 mph and a decent curveball, the 6-foot-2 hurler started working on his secondary pitches at the minor league complex.

"I was working on the changeup in the pen and stuff during Instructs," he said, noting that he never threw a changeup in high school. "I think it's pretty good, I just never threw it in the games.

"The curveball has gotten a lot better, a lot harder. It has a bit more bite to it. It was like loopy before and now it's like 73-74 mph."

If there was one negative to his Instructional League debut it would be the way he finished.

"In that last game during the first pitch I pulled my groin, unfortunately," he said. "I was really disappointed, I wanted to finish that last inning because all of my other starts I did great. I didn't give up any runs and I think I gave up [just] one infield hit. I picked the guy off and then coach took me out."

While that mild injury is most likely the reason, Hebert will not be participating at Dominican Instructs this week. And even though he would like to be there he is thankful for the time he received at Instructs in Tampa earlier this month.

"I think Instructs helped out," he said. "I know what to expect now. I saw all of the college guys from Staten Island and now I know I can compete with them. It gives me a bit more motivation to start out next year strong."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nHe was one of the last picks to sign with the Yankees at the signing deadline in mid-August and his new career in Pinstripes was a bit of a surprise to him too.
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\r\n\"I was really surprised they even drafted me because I had no contact with them, really,\" Hebert said. \"I had no visit [from them] or anything. I think I talked to them one time, maybe. When they drafted me I was real surprised.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was really excited to get my career started early, especially with the Yankees. They are the best team in baseball.\"
\r\n
\r\nThat career has yet to officially start, however, as he will have to wait until the 2012 season to see his first official minor league game. He did get his professional baptism going at Instructs though.
\r\n
\r\n\"Instructs wasn't bad,\" he said. \"It was a learning experience to give me a better idea of what to expect when I go into Spring Training [next year].
\r\n
\r\n\"It's more of a routine, a day to day basis of what to do. You're doing stuff everyday to get better. There's a lot of good players, that's for sure.
\r\n
\r\n\"I thought it went good. I didn't really give up anything. I pitched to the best of my ability and it went well so far.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe results were quite good from the left-hander. Boasting an average fastball that sits around 88-89 mph and a decent curveball, the 6-foot-2 hurler started working on his secondary pitches at the minor league complex.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was working on the changeup in the pen and stuff during Instructs,\" he said, noting that he never threw a changeup in high school. \"I think it's pretty good, I just never threw it in the games.
\r\n
\r\n\"The curveball has gotten a lot better, a lot harder. It has a bit more bite to it. It was like loopy before and now it's like 73-74 mph.\"
\r\n
\r\nIf there was one negative to his Instructional League debut it would be the way he finished.
\r\n
\r\n\"In that last game during the first pitch I pulled my groin, unfortunately,\" he said. \"I was really disappointed, I wanted to finish that last inning because all of my other starts I did great. I didn't give up any runs and I think I gave up [just] one infield hit. I picked the guy off and then coach took me out.\"
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\r\nWhile that mild injury is most likely the reason, Hebert will not be participating at Dominican Instructs this week. And even though he would like to be there he is thankful for the time he received at Instructs in Tampa earlier this month.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think Instructs helped out,\" he said. \"I know what to expect now. I saw all of the college guys from Staten Island and now I know I can compete with them. It gives me a bit more motivation to start out next year strong.\"
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