Ibarra Having Great Success

Walter Ibarra, one of top defensive shortstops in the Yankees' minor league system, is not known for his offensive abilities. But from the hitting display he has shown in Extended Spring Training thus far, he is proving that not only does he have a masterful glove, but also a good eye at the plate.

"I'm pretty happy with my hitting right now," Walter Ibarra said through the help of Eddie Rivera translating. "My average is around .315 with three home runs in Extended Spring and I'm feeling pretty good right now."

Ibarra is known for his excellent instincts in the field and he thinks that his arm is in better shape this season than in 2006.

"My arm feels strong and my hands are very loose," he said. "My hands are a lot looser than they were last year because I feel more relaxed. I'm real happy with the way things are going with my fielding."

Ibarra does not intimidate with his appearance - he is skinny and does not have overwhelming size. This has been an aspect that he has concentrated on in the offseason and he has continued that in his time at Extended Spring Training.

"I'm mostly working on my overall body strength," said Ibarra. "I feel good this year because I came in a couple of pounds heavier than I was when I first came in. But other than that just as long as I can get stronger and healthier, then I feel good."

Ibarra's increased body strength has come from a strong work ethic and complete dedication to improving that area of his game.

"I've been working real hard. I've been working my legs, my back, forearms, triceps and all that stuff," he admitted. "I've been working on the main body parts that I need to get faster and stronger."

Ibarra is enjoying the learning experience and the atmosphere in Tampa and gives credit to the Yankee organization for their excellent treatment their players receive.

"I like it here a lot. From the food to the coaching staff to just everything," he said. "The little things that count here and we get treated here better than anywhere else."

Ibarra's stay in Extended Spring Training might not be that long if he keeps swinging a hot bat, but he does not want to make any predictions about his future minor league stops.

"I don't want to make any speculations," he said when asked where he would like to end up this season. "I just want to work hard and see where the good Lord takes me."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I'm pretty happy with my hitting right now,\" Walter Ibarra said through the help of Eddie Rivera translating. \"My average is around .315 with three home runs in Extended Spring and I'm feeling pretty good right now.\"
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\r\nIbarra is known for his excellent instincts in the field and he thinks that his arm is in better shape this season than in 2006.
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\r\n\"My arm feels strong and my hands are very loose,\" he said. \"My hands are a lot looser than they were last year because I feel more relaxed. I'm real happy with the way things are going with my fielding.\"
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\r\nIbarra does not intimidate with his appearance - he is skinny and does not have overwhelming size. This has been an aspect that he has concentrated on in the offseason and he has continued that in his time at Extended Spring Training.
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\r\n\"I'm mostly working on my overall body strength,\" said Ibarra. \"I feel good this year because I came in a couple of pounds heavier than I was when I first came in. But other than that just as long as I can get stronger and healthier, then I feel good.\"
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\r\nIbarra's increased body strength has come from a strong work ethic and complete dedication to improving that area of his game.
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\r\n\"I've been working real hard. I've been working my legs, my back, forearms, triceps and all that stuff,\" he admitted. \"I've been working on the main body parts that I need to get faster and stronger.\"
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\r\nIbarra is enjoying the learning experience and the atmosphere in Tampa and gives credit to the Yankee organization for their excellent treatment their players receive.
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\r\n\"I like it here a lot. From the food to the coaching staff to just everything,\" he said. \"The little things that count here and we get treated here better than anywhere else.\"
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\r\nIbarra's stay in Extended Spring Training might not be that long if he keeps swinging a hot bat, but he does not want to make any predictions about his future minor league stops.
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\r\n\"I don't want to make any speculations,\" he said when asked where he would like to end up this season. \"I just want to work hard and see where the good Lord takes me.\"
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