O'Brien Getting More Comfortable

Peter O'Brien led the farm system in doubles, home runs, RBI, and finished second in batting average among the long-season league hitters last year and did so while switching between catching and third base. Now getting ready to enter his second full season, he says he is getting more comfortable with everything.

He got into ten games over in big league camp and although he went hitless in 15 at-bats he says his time over there was well served.

"It was awesome," he said. "I was over there for about a month but I got a lot of work in, learned a lot of new things, picked a lot of guys' brains, and it was definitely a lot of fun.

"Honestly the thing I feel the most comfortable right now is my defense. I really went after it over there pretty hard and did a lot of drills and worked on a lot of stuff, and I feel great back there."

The Yankees experimented with him last year and tried him out at third base after he was promoted to high-A Tampa. In fact he played 38 games at the hot corner and just twelve behind the plate in the Florida State League.

They have apparently scrapped that plan for the 2014 season and have him focusing solely on the catcher's position, and that has been his objective this Spring Training camp.

"Right now I'm strictly catching so that's what I'm focusing on and that's what I'm going to devote 100 percent of my work to," he said.

"Just the all-around game, not only the physical side of it but the mental side, I feel like I'm improving. I got a lot of repetitions in over there, got some work in the games, and I definitely feel more comfortable behind the plate now."

While he is grateful for all of the work he got to do defensively in big league camp, the fact is he is back at minor league camp to make up for some lost offensive time after picking up just a handful of at-bats the first month of Spring Training.

"I am pretty much just getting my timing back and into the swing of things," he said. "I say the swing of things but it's a pretty rigorous Spring Training right now, but I want to be as hot as I can be in April through October.

"It's definitely coming. I'm definitely seeing pitches better, slowing things down, and staying with my approach is what I'm focusing in on right now."

He has proven he can not only hit but be a productive hitter too so he isn't too concerned about that aspect of his game.

"I wouldn't say I'm worried about cutting down on the strikeouts or focusing on that, I'm just focusing on going up there, having a quality at-bat, and getting the barrel on the ball."

With the new season getting ready to begin next week he says he is focusing more on the defensive side of the ball and, now playing just the one position, getting more comfortable there with each passing day.

"I just want to keep working hard and keep getting better everyday. I just want to keep improving not only physically but mentally and keep going on that upward hill towards the big leagues," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nHe got into ten games over in big league camp and although he went hitless in 15 at-bats he says his time over there was well served.
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\r\n\"It was awesome,\" he said. \"I was over there for about a month but I got a lot of work in, learned a lot of new things, picked a lot of guys' brains, and it was definitely a lot of fun.
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\r\n\"Honestly the thing I feel the most comfortable right now is my defense. I really went after it over there pretty hard and did a lot of drills and worked on a lot of stuff, and I feel great back there.\"
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\r\nThe Yankees experimented with him last year and tried him out at third base after he was promoted to high-A Tampa. In fact he played 38 games at the hot corner and just twelve behind the plate in the Florida State League.
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\r\nThey have apparently scrapped that plan for the 2014 season and have him focusing solely on the catcher's position, and that has been his objective this Spring Training camp.
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\r\n\"Right now I'm strictly catching so that's what I'm focusing on and that's what I'm going to devote 100 percent of my work to,\" he said.
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\r\n\"Just the all-around game, not only the physical side of it but the mental side, I feel like I'm improving. I got a lot of repetitions in over there, got some work in the games, and I definitely feel more comfortable behind the plate now.\"
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\r\nWhile he is grateful for all of the work he got to do defensively in big league camp, the fact is he is back at minor league camp to make up for some lost offensive time after picking up just a handful of at-bats the first month of Spring Training.
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\r\n\"I am pretty much just getting my timing back and into the swing of things,\" he said. \"I say the swing of things but it's a pretty rigorous Spring Training right now, but I want to be as hot as I can be in April through October.
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\r\n\"It's definitely coming. I'm definitely seeing pitches better, slowing things down, and staying with my approach is what I'm focusing in on right now.\"
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\r\nHe has proven he can not only hit but be a productive hitter too so he isn't too concerned about that aspect of his game.
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\r\n\"I wouldn't say I'm worried about cutting down on the strikeouts or focusing on that, I'm just focusing on going up there, having a quality at-bat, and getting the barrel on the ball.\"
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\r\nWith the new season getting ready to begin next week he says he is focusing more on the defensive side of the ball and, now playing just the one position, getting more comfortable there with each passing day.
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\r\n\"I just want to keep working hard and keep getting better everyday. I just want to keep improving not only physically but mentally and keep going on that upward hill towards the big leagues,\" he concluded.
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