Pruitt Focused On The Glove At Instructs

Justin Snyder and Damon Sublett grabbed most of the attention in Staten Island for their offensive prowess but the fact remains third baseman Braedyn Pruitt finished the season with a team-high .347 average, which ranked second in the NY-Penn League. With his bat farther along than his glove, he says they worked a lot on his defense at Instructs.

"I loved it," Braedyn Pruitt said of Instructs. "Even from day one I learned a bunch of new stuff and felt like I made some big steps in becoming a better player.

"They had a checklist both offensively and defensively, stuff like consistency of my load when I was hitting and stuff to make me a better defender. I think it worked out pretty well."

The former Stetson University product missed nearly the entire first month of his debut season with a pulled hamstring in his left leg and yet he still managed to have a successful offensive season for the Staten Island Yankees.

Both a third baseman and a first baseman, he admits he has battled hamstring problems his entire career thus far and perhaps his inability to stay on the field as much has hampered his defensive progress, which was a focus for Pruitt and the Yankees at Instructs.

"We did a lot of first-step stuff," he said of his defensive focus at mini-camp, "stuff to get me a good crossover and get a little bit more range right off of the bat. We also worked some stuff on my arm, getting my arm back and high, get my hand up over the ball and get a little bit more backspin and carry."

At 6-foot-2 and a listed 175 pounds, the left-handed hitter doesn't have the prototypical size of a corner infielder at the professional level. While adding more muscle weight over the offseason is one of his biggest priorities, he will continue to work defensively at both first and third.

"At the beginning [of Instructs] I played a lot of third and then one of the other first basemen went down with a wrist injury or something like that and I ended up playing a lot of first base.

"I guess over my career I've spent more time at third so I'm a little bit more comfortable over there. I think with enough experience playing first I can even it up."

Considering his leaner stature, he realizes it would not be far-fetched that a possible move to the outfield - a position he hasn't played since he was 13 years old - could be in his future.

But before that option is even considered, the 22-year old is focused on gaining more strength, putting on more weight, and fine-tuning his defensive game in the corner infield. He believes his work at the Yankees' Instructional League was a step in the right direction.

"I felt alright," he said of Instructs. "The feedback that I got from the instructors and the coaches - they went over the checklist with me and worked with me everyday - they said I did a pretty good job. I definitely want to keep working on stuff."

"Not by any means do I think I'm the best that I can be. They said I did a good job and they gave me more stuff to keep working on."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I loved it,\" Braedyn Pruitt said of Instructs. \"Even from day one I learned a bunch of new stuff and felt like I made some big steps in becoming a better player.
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\r\n\"They had a checklist both offensively and defensively, stuff like consistency of my load when I was hitting and stuff to make me a better defender. I think it worked out pretty well.\"
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\r\nThe former Stetson University product missed nearly the entire first month of his debut season with a pulled hamstring in his left leg and yet he still managed to have a successful offensive season for the Staten Island Yankees.
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\r\nBoth a third baseman and a first baseman, he admits he has battled hamstring problems his entire career thus far and perhaps his inability to stay on the field as much has hampered his defensive progress, which was a focus for Pruitt and the Yankees at Instructs.
\r\n
\r\n\"We did a lot of first-step stuff,\" he said of his defensive focus at mini-camp, \"stuff to get me a good crossover and get a little bit more range right off of the bat. We also worked some stuff on my arm, getting my arm back and high, get my hand up over the ball and get a little bit more backspin and carry.\"
\r\n
\r\nAt 6-foot-2 and a listed 175 pounds, the left-handed hitter doesn't have the prototypical size of a corner infielder at the professional level. While adding more muscle weight over the offseason is one of his biggest priorities, he will continue to work defensively at both first and third.
\r\n
\r\n\"At the beginning [of Instructs] I played a lot of third and then one of the other first basemen went down with a wrist injury or something like that and I ended up playing a lot of first base.
\r\n
\r\n\"I guess over my career I've spent more time at third so I'm a little bit more comfortable over there. I think with enough experience playing first I can even it up.\"
\r\n
\r\nConsidering his leaner stature, he realizes it would not be far-fetched that a possible move to the outfield - a position he hasn't played since he was 13 years old - could be in his future.
\r\n
\r\nBut before that option is even considered, the 22-year old is focused on gaining more strength, putting on more weight, and fine-tuning his defensive game in the corner infield. He believes his work at the Yankees' Instructional League was a step in the right direction.
\r\n
\r\n\"I felt alright,\" he said of Instructs. \"The feedback that I got from the instructors and the coaches - they went over the checklist with me and worked with me everyday - they said I did a pretty good job. I definitely want to keep working on stuff.\"
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\r\n\"Not by any means do I think I'm the best that I can be. They said I did a good job and they gave me more stuff to keep working on.\"
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