Baez Learning To Play Under Control

Switch-hitting shortstop Yancarlos Baez was signed by the Yankees for $650,000 as one of their top Internatonal free agents this past summer. He just turned 17 years old last month so while he brings a lot of physical attributes to the game, he is more focused on learning to not be overwhelmed and play the game under more control as he prepares for his debut season next year.

"I felt really good when I signed," Baez said through the help of a translator. "I was really emotional [and] so was my family. The Yankee scouts came to my house around 1 or 2 am and that's when I signed.

"I wasn't expecting it. I was very surprised but [also] very glad that it happened. I like being with the Yankees."

Known for his range in the field and his natural hit tool from the right side, the recently turned switch-hitter has been working hard behind the scenes since he signed back on July 2nd.

"Defensively I've been working on spreading my legs a little bit more, getting a little bit lower to the ground, getting my butt down and keeping the ball out in front," he said.

"As far as hitting, left-handed I've been working on hitting line drives the other way and keeping the ball out of the air, line drives through the six hole. That's basically what I've been working on since I've gotten here for Instructs."

His exposure to game situations first began with a trip to Instructional League in Tampa last month and now he's currently getting more work in at Dominican Instructs, but despite the limited experience he already brings a lot of confidence to the table.

"I'm think I'm both an offensive and defensive player," he said. "My main goal is to be 100 percent focused and ready.

"I need to be focused mentally just as much as physically and emotionally. I really can't wait to get started. I just want to be 100 percent prepared for next season."

What makes him a bit different than most young players who initially sign is his ability to not fall into the trap of trying to do too much right from the jump, something he feels will help his game develop a bit quicker.

"I've learned to play with control and not be in such a rush to do everything - not swing out of my shoes [for example] -- but learn to be calm, collective, and stay within myself.

"I'm very excited about starting up. If I can handle the mental side of the game early on then things should go smoothly," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I felt really good when I signed,\" Baez said through the help of a translator. \"I was really emotional [and] so was my family. The Yankee scouts came to my house around 1 or 2 am and that's when I signed.
\r\n
\r\n\"I wasn't expecting it. I was very surprised but [also] very glad that it happened. I like being with the Yankees.\"
\r\n
\r\nKnown for his range in the field and his natural hit tool from the right side, the recently turned switch-hitter has been working hard behind the scenes since he signed back on July 2nd.
\r\n
\r\n\"Defensively I've been working on spreading my legs a little bit more, getting a little bit lower to the ground, getting my butt down and keeping the ball out in front,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\n\"As far as hitting, left-handed I've been working on hitting line drives the other way and keeping the ball out of the air, line drives through the six hole. That's basically what I've been working on since I've gotten here for Instructs.\"
\r\n
\r\nHis exposure to game situations first began with a trip to Instructional League in Tampa last month and now he's currently getting more work in at Dominican Instructs, but despite the limited experience he already brings a lot of confidence to the table.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm think I'm both an offensive and defensive player,\" he said. \"My main goal is to be 100 percent focused and ready.
\r\n
\r\n\"I need to be focused mentally just as much as physically and emotionally. I really can't wait to get started. I just want to be 100 percent prepared for next season.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhat makes him a bit different than most young players who initially sign is his ability to not fall into the trap of trying to do too much right from the jump, something he feels will help his game develop a bit quicker.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've learned to play with control and not be in such a rush to do everything - not swing out of my shoes [for example] -- but learn to be calm, collective, and stay within myself.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm very excited about starting up. If I can handle the mental side of the game early on then things should go smoothly,\" he concluded.
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