Marcos Vechionacci hit .252 with 82 runs and 62 RBI in 503 at bats in 2005. That performance earned him a spot in Tampa's starting lineup to start the 2006 season. But he struggled there, hitting just .178 in 135 at-bats.
"I started off hitting well," Vechionacci explained through teammate Mario Holmann. "Then I fell into a slump that I couldn't get out of. [The Florida State League] is a tough league. There are a lot of good pitchers you go up against.
"A lot of the pitchers have been there for a couple seasons," the Venezuelan product commented on the competition in High A. "[The pitchers in high-A] are a lot more experienced [than the pitchers in low-A]. They don't rely on the pitching coach for a way to pitch, they know how to get you out based on their own knowledge."
Vechionacci is excited to be back in Charleston. He's comfortable with the surroundings in the low country, and likes the team chemistry that has helped the RiverDogs stay atop the South Atlantic League standings. He maintains a positive outlook even after being demoted.
"I'm just trying to keep getting better," Vechionacci told PinstripesPlus.com. "I'm focusing on looking to the future and I'm just happy to be playing baseball. I have a long way to go with the process and I'm just 19."
Vechionacci is working on staying balanced at the plate. He believes if he stays consistent and works on keeping an even keel at the plate, the hits and production will come.
"[Vechionacci] is a good player," Holmann said of his teammate. "I know he is going to do well here. He's a fun guy who is a good addition to out team. He's just a nice guy to have around."
Vechionacci does not trouble himself with where he is at in the organization. He just wants to focus on his individual performance and believes if he keeps improving, he'll work his way up the organizational ladder.
Yankee fans don't have to worry about this prized prospect. It shouldn't take long for Vechionacci to find his groove in Charleston and get back on that track to New York.
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