Patrick Teale

Trey Amburgey had a great debut season last year but an even better offseason and he's ready for 2016.

TAMPA, FL -- Outfielder Trey Amburgey, last year's 13th round pick, had one of the better professional debut seasons for the Yankees in recent memory, hitting a combined .346 between the Gulf Coast League and Staten Island Yankees. However, it's evident that he had an even better offseason with the way he has reported to his first Spring Training and he says he's ready to go in 2016.

He hit .333 with nine extra-base hits and 14 stolen bases in 37 Gulf Coast League games last year before a ridiculous .367 with 13 extra-base hits and seven more stolen bases in 21 games for the Staten Island Yankees.  His statistical success was even a little bit of a surprise to Amburgey himself.

"A little bit," he admitted.   "The GCL was tough because you don't know what you're going to see, [the pitchers] are kind of all over the place and just getting used to the speed of the game.  Once I got to Staten Island and got more acclimated to everyone it was better.  It was a little shocking [what I did] but I hold myself to a higher standard."

Baseball is a game of failure and at the minor league level it's important to find areas to work on.  Amburgey, however, didn't really struggle too much [if at all] in any one area.  So what did he work on?

"Instructs really helped.  It gave me a lot to focus on when I got home, a lot of mechanical adjustments.  Instructs helped me a lot.  They told me what to work on defensively, first step, stuff like that. 

"[Offensively] probably just seeing pitches.  Last year I had a tendency of jumping at pitches but this year they want me to stay back, see it, use the whole field [more], and just be a little more patient."

Aside from the aforementioned minor adjustments, Amburgey's main focus this offseason was getting in even better shape.  Despite both being strong areas of his game already he wanted to improve his strength and his speed even more, and he reported to his first Spring Training camp with an additional 15 pounds and noticeably stronger.

"It's all good weight; no fat," he said.  "I feel like I still moved like I did last year.  I don't feel like I've lost a step.  Obviously I've got to get used to playing at this weight but so far so good.

"Get stronger, get more flexible.  The strength coach at Fresno State right now played for the [Chicago] Bears so he obviously knows what he's talking about.  I did a lot of explosive work to get stronger and faster, just get ready for the season."

He has looked both stronger and faster so far in camp, and production-wise he has picked off right where he left off last season.

"So far so good," he said of his first Spring Training.  "I've been here since January because I was at Captain's Camp so it's been a little long but I've been enjoying it, meeting all the new people.  It's been fun."

While he admits he holds himself to a higher standard, he also realizes that duplicating the kind of wild success he had last season will be near impossible and he's mentally preparing himself for dealing with a little less success as he heads into the long-season leagues in 2016.

"Try not to be too negative," he said of his main goal for 2016.  "I know I'm going to fail [more than last year].  It's a full season this time so I know I'm going to have more failures so I just need to get through it, be the best that I can be, and get better as time goes on."

With the way he's reported to camp though it's quite evident he has been doing everything in his power to be the same kind of impact player he was last year now and going forward, and that has him excited to see what he can do this upcoming season.

"I honestly feel like I've been here [in the system] for three or four years because I know everyone, we're all getting along, and just having a good time in the clubhouse.  I'm comfortable and I'm very excited for the season.  I've been ready to go since December," he concluded. 


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