Anson's Ticket To The Big Leagues

A plus defensive third baseman coming out of college back in 2005, Kyle Anson lacked power at a power hitting position. The Yankees decided to play to his strengths - his incredible arm - and move him behind the plate. While he moved a bit reluctantly at first, Anson realizes the catcher's position could be his ticket to the big leagues.

"Oh definitely," Kyle Anson said, in retrospect, if he's happy the Yankees moved him from his natural third base position. "I think it's my ticket to the big leagues, if I can make it there."

While he is happy with his progress at blocking balls in the dirt this season, his first full year at the position, he realizes he still has some fine-tuning to do in the other aspects of the position.

"Calling a game for sure," he listed as the defensive area he needs to work on the most, "calling pitches, learn how to handle the entire pitching staff. Each guy is different, but just dealing with it everyday is what I'm working on."

Receiving the ball better and framing pitches more consistently are also atop his list of areas he would like to improve, and despite leading the South Atlantic League with an incredible 44 percent caught stealing rate, so is throwing out would-be base stealers.

"Not lately," he said if he's happy with his ability to throw out runners. "Staying back is something I'm working on. I'm a little jumpy, maybe a little too anxious."

Perhaps a bit too modest in his uncanny knack for gunning down potential base stealers, earning a league-wide reputation as a guy not to test on the base paths, Anson acknowledges there is always room for improvement in every facet of his game.

"I've got a lot of areas I've got to work on still," he admitted. "I'm trying to do it. Everyday is a new day to work on things better and do what I can."

Hitting .287 through his first 73 games with the Riverdogs this season, the switch-hitting Anson has swung a potent bat from left side, hitting .316 against right-handed pitchers.

And while he has struck out just two more times than he walked this year, and even though he is hitting .320 with runners in scoring position, he is striving for much more.

"There's always areas to work on," he said of his offensive game. "Going to the opposite field is something I need to work on. For the most part I've done alright, but I'd like to get to .300 though."

If it sounds as if Anson could be his own worst critic at times, it's because he is. But while he wants to improve on his overall game, after missing all of the 2006 season with a knee injury, he is just happy to be back playing ball this year.

"I love it. I love playing baseball, it's pretty much the only thing I'm good at. Everyday is just another chance to improve, get things right, play baseball, and move up," said Anson.

With his first full year behind the plate rapidly coming to an end next month, and embracing his new position, the former plus defensive third baseman hopes to become as solid behind the plate as he was at the hot corner.

"No, not yet," Anson said if he's as good a defensive catcher as he was a third baseman. "Defensively I'm not as good as I was at third. I can get there for sure if I work hard, listen to the instruction, do it everyday, and keep my mind right. I think I can definitely get there."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Oh definitely,\" Kyle Anson said, in retrospect, if he's happy the Yankees moved him from his natural third base position. \"I think it's my ticket to the big leagues, if I can make it there.\"
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\r\nWhile he is happy with his progress at blocking balls in the dirt this season, his first full year at the position, he realizes he still has some fine-tuning to do in the other aspects of the position.
\r\n
\r\n\"Calling a game for sure,\" he listed as the defensive area he needs to work on the most, \"calling pitches, learn how to handle the entire pitching staff. Each guy is different, but just dealing with it everyday is what I'm working on.\"
\r\n
\r\nReceiving the ball better and framing pitches more consistently are also atop his list of areas he would like to improve, and despite leading the South Atlantic League with an incredible 44 percent caught stealing rate, so is throwing out would-be base stealers.
\r\n
\r\n\"Not lately,\" he said if he's happy with his ability to throw out runners. \"Staying back is something I'm working on. I'm a little jumpy, maybe a little too anxious.\"
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\r\nPerhaps a bit too modest in his uncanny knack for gunning down potential base stealers, earning a league-wide reputation as a guy not to test on the base paths, Anson acknowledges there is always room for improvement in every facet of his game.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've got a lot of areas I've got to work on still,\" he admitted. \"I'm trying to do it. Everyday is a new day to work on things better and do what I can.\"
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\r\nHitting .287 through his first 73 games with the Riverdogs this season, the switch-hitting Anson has swung a potent bat from left side, hitting .316 against right-handed pitchers.
\r\n
\r\nAnd while he has struck out just two more times than he walked this year, and even though he is hitting .320 with runners in scoring position, he is striving for much more.
\r\n
\r\n\"There's always areas to work on,\" he said of his offensive game. \"Going to the opposite field is something I need to work on. For the most part I've done alright, but I'd like to get to .300 though.\"
\r\n
\r\nIf it sounds as if Anson could be his own worst critic at times, it's because he is. But while he wants to improve on his overall game, after missing all of the 2006 season with a knee injury, he is just happy to be back playing ball this year.
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\r\n\"I love it. I love playing baseball, it's pretty much the only thing I'm good at. Everyday is just another chance to improve, get things right, play baseball, and move up,\" said Anson.
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\r\nWith his first full year behind the plate rapidly coming to an end next month, and embracing his new position, the former plus defensive third baseman hopes to become as solid behind the plate as he was at the hot corner.
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\r\n\"No, not yet,\" Anson said if he's as good a defensive catcher as he was a third baseman. \"Defensively I'm not as good as I was at third. I can get there for sure if I work hard, listen to the instruction, do it everyday, and keep my mind right. I think I can definitely get there.\"
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