Hard Work Paying Off For Segedin

When Rob Segedin was selected by the New York Yankees in the third round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Tulane University, big expectations were bound to follow and with his second full season in the minors now almost a month in, he is showing the Yankees why it was a smart choice to draft him in the third round with that draft pick.

With the first month of this season recently completed, Segedin is off to a blistering start this year with a batting average of .297 with four home runs and 14 runs batted in. The improvement from the second-half of last season shows that Segedin has put in the effort over the offseason and the hot start is his rewarded.

"I worked out with Spurce Creek High School over in Daytona," Segedin said. "I had a coach over there who would let me do workouts over there on my own time, whenever I wanted, I got a lot of reps, a lot of BP over there so I could fine-tune my skills.

"I did a lot of strength work this offseason trying to get as big as possible. I put on about 10 pounds this offseason. I started out in Arizona but I didn't lift there because it's a long season and it's my break from it, but then I came back, took about a week off and then got back to gym and got at it."

Once he got into Spring Training though, he had the task of transitioning into an everyday outfielder in right field.

"I started learning more, specifically about right field because it was my first time in right field for an extended period of time."

The transition has seemed to be a smooth one and Segedin used it as a time to learn.

"The biggest thing was balls off the bat, getting good reads, proper reads, working on technique such as groundballs, coming through to throw guys out running the bases.

"I need to improve on everything, I'm still kind of new out there and I feel like all facets of need to improve out there."

But with the move to the outfield complete, Segedin has turned his focus to batting this season and improving from the .242 batting average he had with the Tampa Yankees the second half of last season.

"This season I am trying to add a little bit more power in my game," Segedin said. "Usually my whole life I was a high average guy but playing corner infield or outfield in Major League Baseball will require you to put up some pretty decent power numbers."

Along with an increase in power numbers, hitting coach Justin Turner has seen a change in Segedin this year.

"He's a lot more experience and a lot more comfortable hitter than he was during the second half of last season," Turner said. "[I would like him to improve] just staying loose, he has a lot of tension at times but mainly it's just relaxation for him and being comfortable in the box."

This newfound comfort for Segedin has turned him into a key member of this year's Tampa Yankees team and Turner talked about Segedin clutch situations for the team this year.

"He has probably been our hottest hitter from start to now," Turner said. "He carried us through some games, some tough close games where we needed some hits, he came up with some big hits and I'm pleasantly surprised about how he's started."

Though Segedin has been off to a hot start this season, he is not surprised.

"It's the result of swinging at good pitches, getting my pitch and waiting for my pitch and executing when I get that pitch. Power output is kind of tough in the Florida State League, whenever you getting a home run or double, it's always good here."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nWith the first month of this season recently completed, Segedin is off to a blistering start this year with a batting average of .297 with four home runs and 14 runs batted in. The improvement from the second-half of last season shows that Segedin has put in the effort over the offseason and the hot start is his rewarded.
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\r\n\"I worked out with Spurce Creek High School over in Daytona,\" Segedin said. \"I had a coach over there who would let me do workouts over there on my own time, whenever I wanted, I got a lot of reps, a lot of BP over there so I could fine-tune my skills.
\r\n
\r\n\"I did a lot of strength work this offseason trying to get as big as possible. I put on about 10 pounds this offseason. I started out in Arizona but I didn't lift there because it's a long season and it's my break from it, but then I came back, took about a week off and then got back to gym and got at it.\"
\r\n
\r\nOnce he got into Spring Training though, he had the task of transitioning into an everyday outfielder in right field.
\r\n
\r\n\"I started learning more, specifically about right field because it was my first time in right field for an extended period of time.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe transition has seemed to be a smooth one and Segedin used it as a time to learn.
\r\n
\r\n\"The biggest thing was balls off the bat, getting good reads, proper reads, working on technique such as groundballs, coming through to throw guys out running the bases.
\r\n
\r\n\"I need to improve on everything, I'm still kind of new out there and I feel like all facets of need to improve out there.\"
\r\n
\r\nBut with the move to the outfield complete, Segedin has turned his focus to batting this season and improving from the .242 batting average he had with the Tampa Yankees the second half of last season.
\r\n
\r\n\"This season I am trying to add a little bit more power in my game,\" Segedin said. \"Usually my whole life I was a high average guy but playing corner infield or outfield in Major League Baseball will require you to put up some pretty decent power numbers.\"
\r\n
\r\nAlong with an increase in power numbers, hitting coach Justin Turner has seen a change in Segedin this year.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's a lot more experience and a lot more comfortable hitter than he was during the second half of last season,\" Turner said. \"[I would like him to improve] just staying loose, he has a lot of tension at times but mainly it's just relaxation for him and being comfortable in the box.\"
\r\n
\r\nThis newfound comfort for Segedin has turned him into a key member of this year's Tampa Yankees team and Turner talked about Segedin clutch situations for the team this year.
\r\n
\r\n\"He has probably been our hottest hitter from start to now,\" Turner said. \"He carried us through some games, some tough close games where we needed some hits, he came up with some big hits and I'm pleasantly surprised about how he's started.\"
\r\n
\r\nThough Segedin has been off to a hot start this season, he is not surprised.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's the result of swinging at good pitches, getting my pitch and waiting for my pitch and executing when I get that pitch. Power output is kind of tough in the Florida State League, whenever you getting a home run or double, it's always good here.\"
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