Hilligoss Getting His Offseason Plan

Mitch Hilligoss had a very good professional debut with the Staten Island Yankees in 2006, hitting .292 and finishing second on the team in runs scored and RBI. Working out at the minor league complex in Tampa during Instructs, he and his fellow Yankee prospects are getting instruction on what to work on this offseason.

"Obviously it's a great honor to be invited to come," Mitch Hilligoss told PinstripesPlus.com at Instructs. "There's only 30 or 40 of us. There's a lot of good players, a lot of good experiences, and a good time to get more work in."

'Getting work in' is the mantra for everybody at the minor league complex for Instructs as they each endure 18 straight days of workouts in a Spring Training atmosphere and schedule.

Hilligoss, who started the year as Staten Island's shortstop, made the move over to third base by the beginning of August and it appears that's where he will remain for the foreseeable future.

"I'm working a lot on defensively making the change to third base. "Yeah, Hilligoss said when asked if he's a full-time third baseman now, "I think I can play all of them [positions], but third base is where they've got me at now."

Aside from daily infield practice, taking ground balls at the hot corner, Hilligoss and the Yankees also participate in daily batting practice sessions in the cages and working one-on-one with the hitting coaches on the mechanics of their swings by hitting off a tee.

"I'm trying to get my swing more consistent and better," said the 21-year old. "I'm also working on some speed and some quickness."

While Hilligoss has proven to be one of the more impressive hitters during batting practice, routinely spraying line drives into each alley and even flashing some home run power, he has also shown some intriguing speed and agility.

During the 60-yard dash time trials last week, Hilligoss was paired up with speedy outfielder Austin Jackson and more than held his own, losing barely by a step and a half.

"Yeah, I don't stand a chance against A.J.," Hilligoss said with a chuckle. "If I were a betting man, I'd bet on A.J. I don't know about it being close or not."

Part of the purpose of Instructs is to indoctrinate the newest additions to the farm system into the Spring Training-like atmosphere each will experience next March.

But another function of Instructs is to give specific instruction on what changes needed to made, along with an offseason workout program that facilitates those changes so they come to Spring Training prepared.

"Keep working on what we're working on down here," Hilligoss said of his offseason plans. "That's basically what they're doing, giving us ideas for the winter, as far as staying back and staying balanced with your swing."

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\r\n \r\n \r\n\"Obviously it's a great honor to be invited to come,\" Mitch Hilligoss told PinstripesPlus.com at Instructs. \"There's only 30 or 40 of us. There's a lot of good players, a lot of good experiences, and a good time to get more work in.\"
\r\n
\r\n'Getting work in' is the mantra for everybody at the minor league complex for Instructs as they each endure 18 straight days of workouts in a Spring Training atmosphere and schedule.
\r\n
\r\nHilligoss, who started the year as Staten Island's shortstop, made the move over to third base by the beginning of August and it appears that's where he will remain for the foreseeable future.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm working a lot on defensively making the change to third base. \"Yeah, Hilligoss said when asked if he's a full-time third baseman now, \"I think I can play all of them [positions], but third base is where they've got me at now.\"
\r\n
\r\nAside from daily infield practice, taking ground balls at the hot corner, Hilligoss and the Yankees also participate in daily batting practice sessions in the cages and working one-on-one with the hitting coaches on the mechanics of their swings by hitting off a tee.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm trying to get my swing more consistent and better,\" said the 21-year old. \"I'm also working on some speed and some quickness.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile Hilligoss has proven to be one of the more impressive hitters during batting practice, routinely spraying line drives into each alley and even flashing some home run power, he has also shown some intriguing speed and agility.
\r\n
\r\nDuring the 60-yard dash time trials last week, Hilligoss was paired up with speedy outfielder Austin Jackson and more than held his own, losing barely by a step and a half.
\r\n
\r\n\"Yeah, I don't stand a chance against A.J.,\" Hilligoss said with a chuckle. \"If I were a betting man, I'd bet on A.J. I don't know about it being close or not.\"
\r\n
\r\nPart of the purpose of Instructs is to indoctrinate the newest additions to the farm system into the Spring Training-like atmosphere each will experience next March.
\r\n
\r\nBut another function of Instructs is to give specific instruction on what changes needed to made, along with an offseason workout program that facilitates those changes so they come to Spring Training prepared.
\r\n
\r\n\"Keep working on what we're working on down here,\" Hilligoss said of his offseason plans. \"That's basically what they're doing, giving us ideas for the winter, as far as staying back and staying balanced with your swing.\"
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