Urena Making Good Adjustments

Carlos Urena, an up and coming Yankee outfield prospect, had been showing much improvement in his time in Extended Spring Training even though he was sent to the Dominican Summer League on Monday. He had gone through many hot and cold offensive stretches, but that is the one aspect of his game he has been dedicated to fixing.

"I'm hitting very well," Carlos Urena said through the help of a translator. "But at the beginning I was struggling a little bit because I was out in front on the ball. Right now I'm trying to stay back."

Looking to be more consistent, Urena has been working extremely hard to improve his offensive skills and has been doing many drills with the hitting coach to help him overcome his struggles at the plate.

"I've been doing simple drills, letting the ball get in on me," he explained. "I've been doing things that help me stay back which will help me keep my balance and helps keep my hands back."

"My offensive work is going to be my biggest adjustment. When I get off-balance and I start chasing bad pitches, that seems to be my biggest weakness right now."

Even though Urena's offense and pitch selection has been his main focal point, it has not been the biggest improvement he has made. His main area of improvement has been on the other side of the ball.

"Right now my defensive work is pretty much set," he said when asked what has been his biggest improvement. "I've never really had any trouble with my defense. It is just my offensive that needs work but other than that, I feel like I have made good adjustments."

His adjustments to American baseball have been harder than his time in the Dominican leagues, but it is not the style of baseball that he thinks is different.

"It's like going from middle school to high school," he said. "You can't compare the two leagues, it's like apples and oranges."

"Over there it's a little tougher because of the conditions that we have to play in. But when you come here, it's a little harder, but you have better fields and better conditions to play in."

With his daily grind of prolonged drills and physical activities - one encouraging sign for such a young player - it has not taken a toll on his body.

"I feel great, thanks to god," Urena said. "Right now I have been doing a lot of conditioning and I am working very hard to gain more muscle. I have been mostly working with weights to gain more strength in my upper body."

Now part of the Dominican Summer League program, Urena will continue to work on his adjustments in the hopes of returning to the United States later this summer.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I'm hitting very well,\" Carlos Urena said through the help of a translator. \"But at the beginning I was struggling a little bit because I was out in front on the ball. Right now I'm trying to stay back.\"
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\r\nLooking to be more consistent, Urena has been working extremely hard to improve his offensive skills and has been doing many drills with the hitting coach to help him overcome his struggles at the plate.
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\r\n\"I've been doing simple drills, letting the ball get in on me,\" he explained. \"I've been doing things that help me stay back which will help me keep my balance and helps keep my hands back.\"
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\r\n\"My offensive work is going to be my biggest adjustment. When I get off-balance and I start chasing bad pitches, that seems to be my biggest weakness right now.\"
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\r\nEven though Urena's offense and pitch selection has been his main focal point, it has not been the biggest improvement he has made. His main area of improvement has been on the other side of the ball.
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\r\n\"Right now my defensive work is pretty much set,\" he said when asked what has been his biggest improvement. \"I've never really had any trouble with my defense. It is just my offensive that needs work but other than that, I feel like I have made good adjustments.\"
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\r\nHis adjustments to American baseball have been harder than his time in the Dominican leagues, but it is not the style of baseball that he thinks is different.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's like going from middle school to high school,\" he said. \"You can't compare the two leagues, it's like apples and oranges.\"
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\r\n\"Over there it's a little tougher because of the conditions that we have to play in. But when you come here, it's a little harder, but you have better fields and better conditions to play in.\"
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\r\nWith his daily grind of prolonged drills and physical activities - one encouraging sign for such a young player - it has not taken a toll on his body.
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\r\n\"I feel great, thanks to god,\" Urena said. \"Right now I have been doing a lot of conditioning and I am working very hard to gain more muscle. I have been mostly working with weights to gain more strength in my upper body.\"
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\r\nNow part of the Dominican Summer League program, Urena will continue to work on his adjustments in the hopes of returning to the United States later this summer.
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