Nacci Looks To Get Even Stronger

After hitting just .178 with one home run for the Tampa Yankees to start the 2006 season, Marcos Vechionacci got stronger as the season wore on, hitting .255 with a career-high seven home runs for Charleston. He then put on ten pounds of muscle over the offseason and he says he wants to get even stronger this upcoming season.

"I'm happy about getting the invitation to big league camp this year," Marcos Vechionacci said of his brief time over at Legends Field this spring. "I talked to guys like ARod and Jeter."

"They told me they work hard every day, that every day is a new day, and that I have what it takes to get to the big leagues. I need to practice my hitting and my fielding. I feel good about my opportunities with this organization."

With how he started his 2006 campaign last year in the Florida State League, struggling like he did, it would seem his confidence would have been shaken but the soft-spoken 'Nacci' just continued to work hard.

"I started in Tampa last year but didn't have much luck," he calmly told PinstripesPlus.com. "I worked really hard when I got moved down to Charleston with Torre Tyson, the hitting coach [and now the Charleston manager]. The Yankees just want me to play hard everyday. I want more power this year so I worked really hard in the weight room."

Adding on ten pounds of muscle over the offseason, he physically looks stronger than ever. And while his critics are waiting for his power production to go up, Vechionacci and the Yankees have continued to remain patient with his power.

With both sides realizing the power will eventually come, they have been more focused on working on his approach at the plate and becoming a better hitter, believing the power will take care of itself in due time.

"I've practiced my balance," he said of his approach in the batter's box. "I have a different focus hitting right now. I'm protecting the strike zone and becoming more disciplined."

After drawing more walks than strikeouts in Charleston last season, it would seem he is pretty disciplined already. But the natural right-handed hitter says he is specifically working to improve his approach while batting left-handed and he believes he is reaching that critical comfort level already.

"Sometimes I feel more comfortable batting left-handed because in some leagues you don't see many left-handed pitchers," said the 20-year-old, "so I feel comfortable switch-hitting and now batting left-handed is pretty good for me."

Sounding more confident and looking more comfortable at the plate in the early stages of Spring Training, Vechionacci not only wants to prove his time in Tampa was a bit of a fluke last year, but he has set his sights even higher.

"This year I'll be starting for Tampa [again]," he said of his likely destination in 2007. "I'd like to move up Trenton after a month or two. I'd like to finish the year there. I'm ready to play in any league though, Double-A, Triple-A, whatever."

Already hitting the ball with more authority and talking as if he's ready to tackle any obstacle this year, he's taking it one step at a time and has put but one simple goal ahead of him for the immediate future.

"My focus this year is putting on a little more weight so I can hit the ball even harder," 'Nacci' revealed. "I'm working hard on my strength, my conditioning, my agility - everything."

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\r\n \r\n \r\n\"I'm happy about getting the invitation to big league camp this year,\" Marcos Vechionacci said of his brief time over at Legends Field this spring. \"I talked to guys like ARod and Jeter.\"
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\r\n\"They told me they work hard every day, that every day is a new day, and that I have what it takes to get to the big leagues. I need to practice my hitting and my fielding. I feel good about my opportunities with this organization.\"
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\r\nWith how he started his 2006 campaign last year in the Florida State League, struggling like he did, it would seem his confidence would have been shaken but the soft-spoken 'Nacci' just continued to work hard.
\r\n
\r\n\"I started in Tampa last year but didn't have much luck,\" he calmly told PinstripesPlus.com. \"I worked really hard when I got moved down to Charleston with Torre Tyson, the hitting coach [and now the Charleston manager]. The Yankees just want me to play hard everyday. I want more power this year so I worked really hard in the weight room.\"
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\r\nAdding on ten pounds of muscle over the offseason, he physically looks stronger than ever. And while his critics are waiting for his power production to go up, Vechionacci and the Yankees have continued to remain patient with his power.
\r\n
\r\nWith both sides realizing the power will eventually come, they have been more focused on working on his approach at the plate and becoming a better hitter, believing the power will take care of itself in due time.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've practiced my balance,\" he said of his approach in the batter's box. \"I have a different focus hitting right now. I'm protecting the strike zone and becoming more disciplined.\"
\r\n
\r\nAfter drawing more walks than strikeouts in Charleston last season, it would seem he is pretty disciplined already. But the natural right-handed hitter says he is specifically working to improve his approach while batting left-handed and he believes he is reaching that critical comfort level already.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sometimes I feel more comfortable batting left-handed because in some leagues you don't see many left-handed pitchers,\" said the 20-year-old, \"so I feel comfortable switch-hitting and now batting left-handed is pretty good for me.\"
\r\n
\r\nSounding more confident and looking more comfortable at the plate in the early stages of Spring Training, Vechionacci not only wants to prove his time in Tampa was a bit of a fluke last year, but he has set his sights even higher.
\r\n
\r\n\"This year I'll be starting for Tampa [again],\" he said of his likely destination in 2007. \"I'd like to move up Trenton after a month or two. I'd like to finish the year there. I'm ready to play in any league though, Double-A, Triple-A, whatever.\"
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\r\nAlready hitting the ball with more authority and talking as if he's ready to tackle any obstacle this year, he's taking it one step at a time and has put but one simple goal ahead of him for the immediate future.
\r\n
\r\n\"My focus this year is putting on a little more weight so I can hit the ball even harder,\" 'Nacci' revealed. \"I'm working hard on my strength, my conditioning, my agility - everything.\"
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