Angelini Upbeat About Second Chance

Carmen Angelini hasn't gotten off to a storybook start in his young career, struggling at the low-A level and even being demoted to Extended Spring Training this season. And even though he finds himself a level lower in Staten Island at the current time, he is excited about getting a fresh start.

Staten Island Yankees shortstop Carmen Angelini has had a rollercoaster year. 2008 found Angelini, immediately out of high school, as the starting shortstop for the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs.

After an admittedly sub par 2008 campaign by the infielder, he once again found himself assigned to Charleston to start the 2009 season. Subsequently, the twenty one year old shortstop landed in Tampa for Extended Spring Training and eventually with the Short Season Staten Island Yankees.

Angelini made a consistent effort to get himself into peak physical condition this year in the offseason after not being able to in 2008 due to a wrist injury. He is pleased with how his Spring Training went as a result.

"Spring Training went great," Angelini opined. "I was hitting the ball real well and playing good defense so I think it was a big step up from last year when I was hurt. It's been the best part of my year so far."

This Spring session felt quite different for the Louisiana native and the confidence of not being injured and knowing the routine made him feel more comfortable this time around.

"Knowing what to expect is a big advantage, especially when before I was right out of high school, that whole time was a blur so I was able to relax a little bit more this year."

Angelini's return to Charleston was a welcome assignment, in his eyes. Ever the hardest one on himself, he does not regret the re-assignment in any way.

"I almost expected it," he said. "I think I did average in Charleston so going back wasn't anything that upset me. It was about putting some of the things I learned last year as well as the experience to good use."

Even with his recent repeat time in Charleston and demotion to Extended Spring Training, and then Staten Island, Angelini is positive about his time in Tampa.

"I struggled with the bat the first half and I wasn't really surprised when they sent me to Tampa," he admitted. "It was a really good thing to work with the instructors down there and work on some new consistency.

"It wasn't really a major overhaul with my swing. It was changing my load and what I do before I swing so that I can get in a more consistent position to make better contact, so I think it did me a lot of good to have some time down there."

Having skipped the short-season leagues in his rookie season, Angelini is a fresh face to the S.I. Yanks and welcomes a new challenge, no matter the level.

"It's a fresh start for me," he said, "which I definitely needed after the first half, so it's an opportunity to develop that consistency I've been looking for."

Angelini has yet to find his groove in Staten Island, hitting .182 with one RBI in the week since the team began the season, but he is not one to be deterred by the numbers and insists time will tell how much he has grown.

"It's been a little tough so far but I think it'll come around and it's not how you start, it's how you finish," he said. "I'm looking for that consistent load to put me in a position to make solid contact and that's the big focus for me to work on the most."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nStaten Island Yankees shortstop Carmen Angelini has had a rollercoaster year. 2008 found Angelini, immediately out of high school, as the starting shortstop for the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs.
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\r\nAfter an admittedly sub par 2008 campaign by the infielder, he once again found himself assigned to Charleston to start the 2009 season. Subsequently, the twenty one year old shortstop landed in Tampa for Extended Spring Training and eventually with the Short Season Staten Island Yankees.
\r\n
\r\nAngelini made a consistent effort to get himself into peak physical condition this year in the offseason after not being able to in 2008 due to a wrist injury. He is pleased with how his Spring Training went as a result.
\r\n
\r\n\"Spring Training went great,\" Angelini opined. \"I was hitting the ball real well and playing good defense so I think it was a big step up from last year when I was hurt. It's been the best part of my year so far.\"
\r\n
\r\nThis Spring session felt quite different for the Louisiana native and the confidence of not being injured and knowing the routine made him feel more comfortable this time around.
\r\n
\r\n\"Knowing what to expect is a big advantage, especially when before I was right out of high school, that whole time was a blur so I was able to relax a little bit more this year.\"
\r\n
\r\nAngelini's return to Charleston was a welcome assignment, in his eyes. Ever the hardest one on himself, he does not regret the re-assignment in any way.
\r\n
\r\n\"I almost expected it,\" he said. \"I think I did average in Charleston so going back wasn't anything that upset me. It was about putting some of the things I learned last year as well as the experience to good use.\"
\r\n
\r\nEven with his recent repeat time in Charleston and demotion to Extended Spring Training, and then Staten Island, Angelini is positive about his time in Tampa.
\r\n
\r\n\"I struggled with the bat the first half and I wasn't really surprised when they sent me to Tampa,\" he admitted. \"It was a really good thing to work with the instructors down there and work on some new consistency.
\r\n
\r\n\"It wasn't really a major overhaul with my swing. It was changing my load and what I do before I swing so that I can get in a more consistent position to make better contact, so I think it did me a lot of good to have some time down there.\"
\r\n
\r\nHaving skipped the short-season leagues in his rookie season, Angelini is a fresh face to the S.I. Yanks and welcomes a new challenge, no matter the level.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's a fresh start for me,\" he said, \"which I definitely needed after the first half, so it's an opportunity to develop that consistency I've been looking for.\"
\r\n
\r\nAngelini has yet to find his groove in Staten Island, hitting .182 with one RBI in the week since the team began the season, but he is not one to be deterred by the numbers and insists time will tell how much he has grown.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's been a little tough so far but I think it'll come around and it's not how you start, it's how you finish,\" he said. \"I'm looking for that consistent load to put me in a position to make solid contact and that's the big focus for me to work on the most.\"
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