O'Brien Ends Big

Despite a slow start to his season, Staten Island Yankees catcher Peter O'Brien redeemed himself with a late-season power surge that was instrumental in the teams' strong finish to the season. With a team best of ten home runs, his impressive finish led Staten Island Yankees manager, Justin Pope, to admit, "he's got a big-time future."

Closing out their final game of the series against the Brooklyn Cyclones, O'Brien smacked his tenth home run of the season out of the MCU Park in Coney Island on September 2nd, earning the victory over their rival team, 1-0. O'Brien closed out the season with the most home runs of the team and 32 RBIs.

O'Brien came to New York recovering from a wrist injury that consumed his GCL training. Between the injury, and several other factors including mechanics as well as at-bat concentration, his minor league start with the Staten Island Yankees was not impressive.

After an initial standout batting performance during their first game on the road, O'Brien finished out the month of July with only 9 hits in over 60 at-bats.

The Staten Island coaching staff never seemed concerned about his early on performance, and with their help, his game has completely turned around. He's made some adjustments to his stance when working off the field, and has adjusted his concentration at bat away from mechanics, and more on the pitch.

"We've made some adjustments to his setup," explained Staten Island hitting coach Ty Hawkins. "He was kind of narrow and all over the place with his lower half, but we have stabilized that a bit.

"We [also] worked on his timing, tried to get back earlier so he could recognize the pitch a little bit better than he was. That is the major adjustments right now. His focus is working down, instead of off the ball."

Staten Island Yankees manager Justin Pope stresses the importance of removing his mechanical training from the game, and trusting what he has worked on off the field while concentrating solely on the ball during the games.

"At bat he's working on standing on his legs, getting a good pitch to hit, toning down his swing a little bit and just trusting himself," Pope started. "He's not trying to do too much up there; he's finally starting to buy into that and believe it.

"I think he is finding out that the pregame stuff is when you work on mechanics. Getting in your legs, doing whatever it is you need to do with your hands, back elbow etc.," he explained further. "Hitting is hard enough as it is, so if you don't go up there and put all your concentration on hitting the ball, you're not going to be able to do it.

"When you go into the game, that is when you play; that's when you worry about seeing the ball and hitting the ball… And I think that is what he's been doing."

O'Brien definitely appears to believe in Pope's mentality, agreeing that when he thinks too much at the plate he runs into trouble.

"[I'm] Just trying to think the other way a little bit; trying to let the ball get deeper and just kind of slowing everything down," O'Brien said. "I'm a guy that is like: the simpler it is, the easier it is for me. So when I try to think too much I get into trouble.

"I'm just kind of simplifying things and just slowing everything down and taking the ball the other way.

"I wouldn't say my approach has changed, necessarily… I'm a little bit more balanced stance; I'm a little bit wider since I've got here. But really, timing is all I can say," he stressed.

Claiming that his wrist, "feels better every day" and that he feels more comfortable and gets better every day while catching games, it seems as if this 6-foot-3 prospect only has the highest expectations for himself moving forward into the offseason.

After the Baby Boomers exciting last victory of the season, finishing it off with a total of 30 wins, Pope was asked if anybody stood out above the rest in terms of having a future going into the majors moving forward. His first response? Peter O'Brien.

"We've got Pete O'Brien, I think he's got a big-time future," he answered. "There are a handful of guys who could play in the big leagues, but it's like I said, how bad do they want it?" he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nClosing out their final game of the series against the Brooklyn Cyclones, O'Brien smacked his tenth home run of the season out of the MCU Park in Coney Island on September 2nd, earning the victory over their rival team, 1-0. O'Brien closed out the season with the most home runs of the team and 32 RBIs.
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\r\nO'Brien came to New York recovering from a wrist injury that consumed his GCL training. Between the injury, and several other factors including mechanics as well as at-bat concentration, his minor league start with the Staten Island Yankees was not impressive.
\r\n
\r\nAfter an initial standout batting performance during their first game on the road, O'Brien finished out the month of July with only 9 hits in over 60 at-bats.
\r\n
\r\nThe Staten Island coaching staff never seemed concerned about his early on performance, and with their help, his game has completely turned around. He's made some adjustments to his stance when working off the field, and has adjusted his concentration at bat away from mechanics, and more on the pitch.
\r\n
\r\n\"We've made some adjustments to his setup,\" explained Staten Island hitting coach Ty Hawkins. \"He was kind of narrow and all over the place with his lower half, but we have stabilized that a bit.
\r\n
\r\n\"We [also] worked on his timing, tried to get back earlier so he could recognize the pitch a little bit better than he was. That is the major adjustments right now. His focus is working down, instead of off the ball.\"
\r\n
\r\nStaten Island Yankees manager Justin Pope stresses the importance of removing his mechanical training from the game, and trusting what he has worked on off the field while concentrating solely on the ball during the games.
\r\n
\r\n\"At bat he's working on standing on his legs, getting a good pitch to hit, toning down his swing a little bit and just trusting himself,\" Pope started. \"He's not trying to do too much up there; he's finally starting to buy into that and believe it.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think he is finding out that the pregame stuff is when you work on mechanics. Getting in your legs, doing whatever it is you need to do with your hands, back elbow etc.,\" he explained further. \"Hitting is hard enough as it is, so if you don't go up there and put all your concentration on hitting the ball, you're not going to be able to do it.
\r\n
\r\n\"When you go into the game, that is when you play; that's when you worry about seeing the ball and hitting the ball… And I think that is what he's been doing.\"
\r\n
\r\nO'Brien definitely appears to believe in Pope's mentality, agreeing that when he thinks too much at the plate he runs into trouble.
\r\n
\r\n\"[I'm] Just trying to think the other way a little bit; trying to let the ball get deeper and just kind of slowing everything down,\" O'Brien said. \"I'm a guy that is like: the simpler it is, the easier it is for me. So when I try to think too much I get into trouble.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm just kind of simplifying things and just slowing everything down and taking the ball the other way.
\r\n
\r\n\"I wouldn't say my approach has changed, necessarily… I'm a little bit more balanced stance; I'm a little bit wider since I've got here. But really, timing is all I can say,\" he stressed.
\r\n
\r\nClaiming that his wrist, \"feels better every day\" and that he feels more comfortable and gets better every day while catching games, it seems as if this 6-foot-3 prospect only has the highest expectations for himself moving forward into the offseason.
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\r\nAfter the Baby Boomers exciting last victory of the season, finishing it off with a total of 30 wins, Pope was asked if anybody stood out above the rest in terms of having a future going into the majors moving forward. His first response? Peter O'Brien.
\r\n
\r\n\"We've got Pete O'Brien, I think he's got a big-time future,\" he answered. \"There are a handful of guys who could play in the big leagues, but it's like I said, how bad do they want it?\" he concluded.
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