The Ciudad Bolivar native entered the 2008 Dominican Summer League season on the right track. Sosa went 2-5 with a double in his debut as leadoff hitter for the DSL Yankees2 this past Saturday.
"I feel very comfortable in the organization and satisfied for the job I've done," Sosa said about his stay in the Yankees organization and becoming a professional player.
Regarding the aspects on his game that need more improvement, Sosa has been working on some batting stance issues.
"I use to be very quick in my footwork at the plate, besides other bad manners like charge the most of my weight to one side," he revealed.
Sosa looks shy at times, but when talking about his game's capabilities, he shows full confidence.
"I'm ready for the states. I'm pretty sure that I can do the job there," he said about how close he feels to be being ready stateside.
His fellow countryman Bobby Abreu has been the childhood hero for Sosa, but is more impressed by the game of another player in the organization. Asked about the players he has seen in the organization that have impacted him, Sosa turns his head to the Charleston Riverdogs outfield.
"Abe Almonte is the guy that impressed me the most," said Sosa. "Almonte's tools are just incredible."
DSL Yankees hitting coach Freddy Tiburcio is aware Sosa's own tools and he believes Sosa could have a similar impact.
"Every time he is in the lineup, he's gonna be the difference in the game", said Tiburcio. "He can beat you with his bat or his speed. He always makes contact.
"We are working with him some aspects of his batting stance, but for now he has looked very mature at the plate," Tiburcio said regarding Sosa's learning process and defined him as a great contact hitter.
Asked about his main goals for this Dominican Summer League season, Sosa said he is focused on getting stateside at some point this year.
"I'm looking forward to [getting] here. This is a great team, so I'll do my best to help the team and move up," he concluded.
Sosa Already Making Some Noise
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