Anderson Getting Better

When Jake Anderson was selected in the sixth round of the draft last year many scouts believed he was another Corban Joseph type, but he struggled mightily in his professional debut season this year. However, fixing a medical problem and getting to work in the gym and on his swing this offseason has him believing he's getting better.

"It was pretty good," Anderson said of his first season. "I didn't play too much towards the end. I had a pretty decent season, first year it was pretty decent. We ended up winning [the championship] so that was pretty fun too."

Though the smell of victory for his team in the Gulf Coast League Championship helped offset a down year personally, he has no illusions of his own performance in 2011 after he hit just .215 with six doubles and no home runs in 33 games.

"I was having a hard time really," he admitted. "I wasn't hitting too great and they had somebody else better so I didn't play. I struck out a bunch this year. I had a really rough season. I don't think it was an approach thing, I think it was more about confidence."

While it would be easy to blame his lack of confidence on his transition from the outfield to second base, Anderson actually didn't have any defensive struggles that he took with him to the plate.

"[On] defense I had a great year. That was the best defensive year I've ever had in my life. I was a little worried because I never played second base before. I never had played much infield before.

"Spring Training was really shaky. I wasn't sure and then Extended [Spring Training] came around and I got a lot better. I was making all of the plays and being in the right spots, and everything just kind of clicked. I love it."

It wasn't as if he was struggling offensively all year either. He was hitting quite well in Extended Spring Training before he says all of the sudden he just couldn't keep his swing going but now he feels that defensive confidence he has built up could transfer over to the plate next season.

"I've been hitting a lot since I've been home," he said. "I've been hitting with my hitting coach and we've got me back right.

"I just have to hit the freaking ball. I didn't do that a lot last year. I have amazing confidence right now. I just can't wait to get back."

Aiding his renewed confidence has been the correction of a hyperthyroid and all of the work he has been putting in the gym to improve on his rather slender 170 playing weight from this past season.

"I've been working out. That's what the Yankees have been talking to me about a lot, me getting in the weight room and getting bigger and stronger," he said. "I've been doing that since I've gotten home. I've gotten bigger and I've gotten stronger."

Eating four meals per day and working out daily have helped him add 10-15 pounds already, as has correcting his ailment.

"Before I got home the Yankees figured out I had a thyroid problem and I'm taking medicine for that now. My metabolism was too fast and they had to slow it down, get it back to where it's supposed to be."

He realized that he was going to have work through his initial baptism to the professional level this year and now that he has worked through those struggles, and made getting better a big focus this offseason, Anderson, who plans on reporting to camp in early January, believes he is going to be a lot better going forward.

"I can be ten times better," he said. "I can't wait to get back out there. My hitting coach has been helping me a lot. That's the biggest thing about this offseason, making sure that I'm hitting good before I get back to Spring Training."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It was pretty good,\" Anderson said of his first season. \"I didn't play too much towards the end. I had a pretty decent season, first year it was pretty decent. We ended up winning [the championship] so that was pretty fun too.\"
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\r\nThough the smell of victory for his team in the Gulf Coast League Championship helped offset a down year personally, he has no illusions of his own performance in 2011 after he hit just .215 with six doubles and no home runs in 33 games.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was having a hard time really,\" he admitted. \"I wasn't hitting too great and they had somebody else better so I didn't play. I struck out a bunch this year. I had a really rough season. I don't think it was an approach thing, I think it was more about confidence.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile it would be easy to blame his lack of confidence on his transition from the outfield to second base, Anderson actually didn't have any defensive struggles that he took with him to the plate.
\r\n
\r\n\"[On] defense I had a great year. That was the best defensive year I've ever had in my life. I was a little worried because I never played second base before. I never had played much infield before.
\r\n
\r\n\"Spring Training was really shaky. I wasn't sure and then Extended [Spring Training] came around and I got a lot better. I was making all of the plays and being in the right spots, and everything just kind of clicked. I love it.\"
\r\n
\r\nIt wasn't as if he was struggling offensively all year either. He was hitting quite well in Extended Spring Training before he says all of the sudden he just couldn't keep his swing going but now he feels that defensive confidence he has built up could transfer over to the plate next season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've been hitting a lot since I've been home,\" he said. \"I've been hitting with my hitting coach and we've got me back right.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just have to hit the freaking ball. I didn't do that a lot last year. I have amazing confidence right now. I just can't wait to get back.\"
\r\n
\r\nAiding his renewed confidence has been the correction of a hyperthyroid and all of the work he has been putting in the gym to improve on his rather slender 170 playing weight from this past season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've been working out. That's what the Yankees have been talking to me about a lot, me getting in the weight room and getting bigger and stronger,\" he said. \"I've been doing that since I've gotten home. I've gotten bigger and I've gotten stronger.\"
\r\n
\r\nEating four meals per day and working out daily have helped him add 10-15 pounds already, as has correcting his ailment.
\r\n
\r\n\"Before I got home the Yankees figured out I had a thyroid problem and I'm taking medicine for that now. My metabolism was too fast and they had to slow it down, get it back to where it's supposed to be.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe realized that he was going to have work through his initial baptism to the professional level this year and now that he has worked through those struggles, and made getting better a big focus this offseason, Anderson, who plans on reporting to camp in early January, believes he is going to be a lot better going forward.
\r\n
\r\n\"I can be ten times better,\" he said. \"I can't wait to get back out there. My hitting coach has been helping me a lot. That's the biggest thing about this offseason, making sure that I'm hitting good before I get back to Spring Training.\"
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