Angelini's Confidence Is Boosting

Carmen Angelini had a rough professional debut season last year, hitting just .236 with four home runs for the Charleston Riverdogs. And even though he seems ticketed for a return trip to the South Atlantic League this coming season, the shortstop's confidence is at an all-time high and he credits it to his offseason workout and now subsequent strong showing this Spring Training.

"It feels real good," Carmen Angelini said of his Spring Training performance thus far. "I had some time this offseason to really get into some lifting and I'm definitely a lot physically stronger this year. That's a confidence boost."

A wrist injury last offseason and into the 2008 Spring Training didn't afford him an opportunity to do any weight lifting or even get but a handful of at-bats prior to the start of last season and that put him a bit behind schedule.

It certainly showed in his numbers last season and he admitted to being a bit physically behind his peers by season's end. He took that experience as a learning lesson and he admits to being better physically prepared this go-around.

"I'm definitely seeing the ball well right now," he said. "I'm just going up there trying to hit the ball hard every time and it's paying off. All of the hard work is paying off for me right now."

Seemingly getting multi-hit games everyday in camp so far - including a three-hit game on Sunday, a two-hit game on Tuesday, and a four-hit game on Wednesday - and hitting for extra-bases in each one of those contests, he can feel the extra power in his swing.

"Definitely – hitting, throwing, running – it feels like I'm doing it all a lot easier with a lot less effort. That's definitely going to be good for a long season."

It's not as if he has reported to camp a lot heavier either. In fact, he has gained just seven pounds from last season, but he says it's not all in the scales either.

"I'm a lot leaner than I was last year. I didn't put on a whole lot of weight, but my body fat has gone way down and my muscle has gone way up."

A naturally confident player anyway, it's quite noticeable his confidence has reached an all-time high and it's not just because better numbers this Spring, but it's also in the way he has been carrying himself at the plate and in the field.

"I've got a full season under my belt and that just prepares me that much more for this coming season," he reiterated. "That experience goes a long way.

"I've had some time to prepare myself both mentally and physically this past offseason. That's definitely a big confidence boost."

He has been a completely different hitter in Spring Training this year and he believes people will start seeing his current hitting abilities are the real Angelini compared to the one who finished his debut season hitting just .236 for Charleston last season.

"I definitely think so," he said emphatically. "Like I said, having that one year of experience is definitely helping me. I know what to expect now.

"I have a better feel for how to prepare myself for everyday, mentally and physically, and I'm seeing the ball well so I can't complain. I'm just going to try and continue it."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It feels real good,\" Carmen Angelini said of his Spring Training performance thus far. \"I had some time this offseason to really get into some lifting and I'm definitely a lot physically stronger this year. That's a confidence boost.\"
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\r\nA wrist injury last offseason and into the 2008 Spring Training didn't afford him an opportunity to do any weight lifting or even get but a handful of at-bats prior to the start of last season and that put him a bit behind schedule.
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\r\nIt certainly showed in his numbers last season and he admitted to being a bit physically behind his peers by season's end. He took that experience as a learning lesson and he admits to being better physically prepared this go-around.
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\r\n\"I'm definitely seeing the ball well right now,\" he said. \"I'm just going up there trying to hit the ball hard every time and it's paying off. All of the hard work is paying off for me right now.\"
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\r\nSeemingly getting multi-hit games everyday in camp so far - including a three-hit game on Sunday, a two-hit game on Tuesday, and a four-hit game on Wednesday - and hitting for extra-bases in each one of those contests, he can feel the extra power in his swing.
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\r\n\"Definitely – hitting, throwing, running – it feels like I'm doing it all a lot easier with a lot less effort. That's definitely going to be good for a long season.\"
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\r\nIt's not as if he has reported to camp a lot heavier either. In fact, he has gained just seven pounds from last season, but he says it's not all in the scales either.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm a lot leaner than I was last year. I didn't put on a whole lot of weight, but my body fat has gone way down and my muscle has gone way up.\"
\r\n
\r\nA naturally confident player anyway, it's quite noticeable his confidence has reached an all-time high and it's not just because better numbers this Spring, but it's also in the way he has been carrying himself at the plate and in the field.
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\r\n\"I've got a full season under my belt and that just prepares me that much more for this coming season,\" he reiterated. \"That experience goes a long way.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've had some time to prepare myself both mentally and physically this past offseason. That's definitely a big confidence boost.\"
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\r\nHe has been a completely different hitter in Spring Training this year and he believes people will start seeing his current hitting abilities are the real Angelini compared to the one who finished his debut season hitting just .236 for Charleston last season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I definitely think so,\" he said emphatically. \"Like I said, having that one year of experience is definitely helping me. I know what to expect now.
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\r\n\"I have a better feel for how to prepare myself for everyday, mentally and physically, and I'm seeing the ball well so I can't complain. I'm just going to try and continue it.\"
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