Palma Absorbing As Much As He Can

The Yankees signed outfielder Alexander Palma out of Venezuela this past summer during the International signing period for a reported $800,000. The recently turned 17-year old has yet to get his first official minor league at-bat but he's using his time at two Instructional League camps this offseason to prepare himself for his debut season next year.

He signed on July 2nd this year as one of the more heralded signings in this year's International class.

"I felt great," Palma said through the help of a translator. "It was an opportunity to sign with the best team in the Major Leagues and in the history of baseball. I was very excited. I couldn't wait to get started."

He didn't get into any Dominican Summer League games this past summer but he did spend a bunch of time behind the scenes on all phases of his game, including a new regimented workout program.

"I've been working a lot on my body, just total fitness, getting in shape and getting my weight where it needs to be," he said. "I know it's something in the future, something down the road, that I don't want it to affect me.

"That's what I heard before I signed from scouts. I want to make sure that's something that I monitor and stay on top of."

Standing 6-foot and weighing 215 pounds right now, while he's in good shape now he is cognizant of the fact that he wants to keep it that way long-term. He isn't solely focused on conditioning, however.

"I'm working on keeping my hands in and letting the ball travel in and keep my hands inside," he said of his swing. "[And defensively] I've been playing all three outfield positions for now but I'm most comfortable in center and right field right now.

"Working with some of the veterans out in the outfield I've been working on my routes, how to break for balls, and offensively I've been able to hit with some of the better hitters and they've given me some ideas of what I should be doing, where I should be going, and getting something out of batting practice."

Obsessed with learning as much as he can, Palma had a good showing at Instructs in Tampa this month and he will be looking for more of the same during Dominican Instructs next week, all in the name of being totally prepared for his debut season next year.

"I'm ready to work hard and be prepared for whatever league they send me to next year, but I'll be working really hard to be here next year."

Showing some advanced hitting ability for such a young player, he's hoping to follow the footsteps of Miguel Andujar and completely bypass the Dominican Summer League right from the jump.

"I'm just coming in trying to learn and absorb as much as I can and be prepared so that next year I can start off here in the United States.

"I'm very confident that I can do that but I'm not going to get too excited, I'm going to be realistic and work hard so that I can start here," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nHe signed on July 2nd this year as one of the more heralded signings in this year's International class.
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\r\n\"I felt great,\" Palma said through the help of a translator. \"It was an opportunity to sign with the best team in the Major Leagues and in the history of baseball. I was very excited. I couldn't wait to get started.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe didn't get into any Dominican Summer League games this past summer but he did spend a bunch of time behind the scenes on all phases of his game, including a new regimented workout program.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've been working a lot on my body, just total fitness, getting in shape and getting my weight where it needs to be,\" he said. \"I know it's something in the future, something down the road, that I don't want it to affect me.
\r\n
\r\n\"That's what I heard before I signed from scouts. I want to make sure that's something that I monitor and stay on top of.\"
\r\n
\r\nStanding 6-foot and weighing 215 pounds right now, while he's in good shape now he is cognizant of the fact that he wants to keep it that way long-term. He isn't solely focused on conditioning, however.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm working on keeping my hands in and letting the ball travel in and keep my hands inside,\" he said of his swing. \"[And defensively] I've been playing all three outfield positions for now but I'm most comfortable in center and right field right now.
\r\n
\r\n\"Working with some of the veterans out in the outfield I've been working on my routes, how to break for balls, and offensively I've been able to hit with some of the better hitters and they've given me some ideas of what I should be doing, where I should be going, and getting something out of batting practice.\"
\r\n
\r\nObsessed with learning as much as he can, Palma had a good showing at Instructs in Tampa this month and he will be looking for more of the same during Dominican Instructs next week, all in the name of being totally prepared for his debut season next year.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm ready to work hard and be prepared for whatever league they send me to next year, but I'll be working really hard to be here next year.\"
\r\n
\r\nShowing some advanced hitting ability for such a young player, he's hoping to follow the footsteps of Miguel Andujar and completely bypass the Dominican Summer League right from the jump.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm just coming in trying to learn and absorb as much as I can and be prepared so that next year I can start off here in the United States.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm very confident that I can do that but I'm not going to get too excited, I'm going to be realistic and work hard so that I can start here,\" he concluded.
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