Lassiter Ready To Grind It Out

The situations are eerily similar. Like Carmen Angelini a year ago, Garrison Lassiter was a highly regarded prep shortstop drafted in the later rounds and signed by the Yankees. And like Angelini, Lassiter had a brief stint in the Gulf Coast League but will need to use the Instructional League season to prepare him for his first full season. Lassiter says he's ready to grind it out.

"As far as the competition level in the Gulf Coast League I wasn't overwhelmed by it," Garrison Lassiter said. "I played on the Team USA [Junior National] team and in the AFLAC All-American game, and I played with a lot of those guys that were first round picks.

"As far as facing the pitching, I was fine with it. I started out pretty good and I love it."

After not playing for a majority of the summer, he saw just six games with the Gulf Coast League Yankees after signing with New York on August 15th and now both he and the Yankees are hoping to get him indoctrinated to the professional game this Instructional League season.

"I guess taking everything in that they're trying to fine-tune as far as technique and applying it all to the game," he said of the hardest adjustment thus far, "just going into the game with a clear head and not worrying about anything that you were working on so much that it affects your game.

"In some sorts it is a bit [overwhelming] but that's something I'm learning and it'll come. As far as the Instructional League they weren't really concerned with results as much as they were you working on your objectives."

Much like a college student pulling an all-nighter to cram for a test at the last minute, Lassiter knows the Yankees are doing what they can to prepare him for his first full season next year and they're doing that by sending him to, not one but two Instructional League camps.

"I'm excited to go," he said of Dominican Instructs next month. "I like to experience different things. I've played in Mexico before and I'm guessing it's somewhat similar with your surroundings and everything. I'm just going to go down there and get some work in, and get better everyday."

The Yankees are already attempting to get him to use his lower-body more in his hitting mechanics and helping him to improve his positioning and first-step in the field defensively, but there is no substitute for in-game experience.

"I'd just say the reps and going out there and playing," he said of what he needs the most. "It kind of sucks having to wait all summer to play and then only play five games, and then you have Instructional stuff. I really haven't gotten to play a season yet."

As most "signability" players who sign so late after being drafted inevitably learn, Lassiter admits it is a bit difficult to find any sort of rhythm starting and stopping as often as he has over the last couple of months, especially to begin a career.

"It's hard to find a groove when you play for two weeks and then you're done for three weeks, and even in Instructs you get one or two at-bats a game and you play maybe every three or four days with the infielders we had down there," he described.

"It's a little frustrating because everybody wants results right then and right now, but it's really about developing as a player right now to get ready for next season."

Playing alongside Carmen Angelini during the recently completed Instructional League in Tampa, like Angelini, Lassiter is eager to get his career fully underway and he has his sights set on breaking with a long-season league team next season.

"I do feel that way," he admitted. "I've watched the other guys and I know I can play with them. As far as grinding out the season, that's what I want to do."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"As far as the competition level in the Gulf Coast League I wasn't overwhelmed by it,\" Garrison Lassiter said. \"I played on the Team USA [Junior National] team and in the AFLAC All-American game, and I played with a lot of those guys that were first round picks.
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\r\n\"As far as facing the pitching, I was fine with it. I started out pretty good and I love it.\"
\r\n
\r\nAfter not playing for a majority of the summer, he saw just six games with the Gulf Coast League Yankees after signing with New York on August 15th and now both he and the Yankees are hoping to get him indoctrinated to the professional game this Instructional League season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I guess taking everything in that they're trying to fine-tune as far as technique and applying it all to the game,\" he said of the hardest adjustment thus far, \"just going into the game with a clear head and not worrying about anything that you were working on so much that it affects your game.
\r\n
\r\n\"In some sorts it is a bit [overwhelming] but that's something I'm learning and it'll come. As far as the Instructional League they weren't really concerned with results as much as they were you working on your objectives.\"
\r\n
\r\nMuch like a college student pulling an all-nighter to cram for a test at the last minute, Lassiter knows the Yankees are doing what they can to prepare him for his first full season next year and they're doing that by sending him to, not one but two Instructional League camps.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm excited to go,\" he said of Dominican Instructs next month. \"I like to experience different things. I've played in Mexico before and I'm guessing it's somewhat similar with your surroundings and everything. I'm just going to go down there and get some work in, and get better everyday.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe Yankees are already attempting to get him to use his lower-body more in his hitting mechanics and helping him to improve his positioning and first-step in the field defensively, but there is no substitute for in-game experience.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'd just say the reps and going out there and playing,\" he said of what he needs the most. \"It kind of sucks having to wait all summer to play and then only play five games, and then you have Instructional stuff. I really haven't gotten to play a season yet.\"
\r\n
\r\nAs most \"signability\" players who sign so late after being drafted inevitably learn, Lassiter admits it is a bit difficult to find any sort of rhythm starting and stopping as often as he has over the last couple of months, especially to begin a career.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's hard to find a groove when you play for two weeks and then you're done for three weeks, and even in Instructs you get one or two at-bats a game and you play maybe every three or four days with the infielders we had down there,\" he described.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's a little frustrating because everybody wants results right then and right now, but it's really about developing as a player right now to get ready for next season.\"
\r\n
\r\nPlaying alongside Carmen Angelini during the recently completed Instructional League in Tampa, like Angelini, Lassiter is eager to get his career fully underway and he has his sights set on breaking with a long-season league team next season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I do feel that way,\" he admitted. \"I've watched the other guys and I know I can play with them. As far as grinding out the season, that's what I want to do.\"
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