The right fielder and New York Yankees 22nd round selection, while in a platoon with Seth Forte berry - who drove in the game-winning runs in Sunday evening's 5-3 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades - is batting .353 with a home run thus far. Though he has done well in three games, Aragon expects to get better and said that he is still adjusting to the wooden bats, New York-Penn League pitching and the day-to-day professional lifestyle.
In a previous interview with PinstripesPlus, he said that he grew up emulating Jim Edmonds, a former Silver Slugger winner with 338 career home runs. However, their hitting styles are quite dissimilar.
"He swings for the fences a lot, but it works for him. He's there for a reason," he said. "Me, I try to cut down on my strikeouts."
Brian Aragon, who described himself as a line drive hitter with decent power, said that he is aggressive and hunts for fastballs early in the count, but with two strikes he focuses more on making contact, shortens his stroke and looks to put the ball in play.
While at North Carolina State University, Aragon, who has proven that he can hit for average, batted .308 and totaled 21 home runs in 610 at-bats but feels that he could have done better.
"I came on better as a senior, as I matured, and I think I've learned more and more over the years that will help me in pro ball," he said. "But I don't think, in college, that I demonstrated as much as I'm capable of in terms of power."
The aspect of Edmonds' offensive game that he would most like to imitate, though, is the ability to drive the ball to all fields with power. Aragon said that although he isn't a pull hitter, his power, now, is mainly to right field.
"He (Edmonds) is a left-handed stick and he drives the ball real well to left field and that's what I'm still trying to learn," he admitted. "I'd love to cover the entire field, gap to gap, with power like that."
He believes that opposite field power can be developed, it just takes time and growth, both physically and mentally. At 6-1, 210 pounds, he feels that his frame will allow him to add more muscle.
"I've got some strength now and I know that with age and maturity, more power will come," he explained. "There is no telling what will happen in the end."
Far from complacent, he said that he plans to work tirelessly in the weight room and batting cages to improve his overall strength and mental approach at the plate.
"Letting the ball get deep in the strike zone because it travels farther when you hit it with your back side," he said, describing the mechanics of a left-handed opposite field swing. "Just try to react and let the ball get deep and don't lunge after the it. Wait, stay back and try not to get under it then use your top hand to drive it to the opposite field. If I do that, I think I'll have a good chance of hitting it hard to the gap."
"From what I've seen, he's smoked some balls," said Gaylen Pitts. "Most of it has been in batting practice but it looks like he's got a little pop. I think he can probably hit 15 to 20 (home runs)."
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