Sosa Tests Patient Approach At The Plate

When the Yankees signed 16-year-old Eduardo Sosa out of Venezuela in 2007, they knew his speed and defensive skills would be great assets to their program. Now in the prime of the 2009 season, Sosa has proven their assumptions correct, but could still use some tweaking in the batter's box.

This season is Sosa's first season in the Gulf Coast League after dominating in the Dominican Summer League in 2008. He has had to get used to the pitching in the United States throughout the season, admitting that the U.S. pitchers are tougher to face than those back home.

"Baseball-wise, the pitchers have more accuracy and they hit the spots better than in the Dominican Republic," Sosa said through the help of a translator. "I've had to adjust to that and I still am adjusting to it."

Sosa is putting up pedestrian numbers for a rookie, averaging .205 with thirteen hits thus far. However, his main concern is still his overall approach in the batter's box.

The contact hitter has three more strikeouts than hits this season due to his overly-aggressive attitude at the plate, but he is aware that he has to change it.

"Last year I was too aggressive, swinging at every single pitch," Sosa said. "This year, I am trying to be much more selective and patient at the plate. I have to work on not swinging at high pitches. I still do that a lot."

He is connecting with the ball pretty well; however, has to work on his placement.

"I've been hitting the ball well," Sosa said, "but I'm not getting too many hits [on the board]. Every time I hit it well, it is right in front of somebody. I am okay, I know that I can hit, I just need to place them differently. I want my hits to pass through [defenders]."

Sosa believes the key to this kind of success is to commit to a certain style when approaching the plate.

"You have to stick with your plan while batting," Sosa said. "Don't make a swing at every single pitch. I need to be more patient because right now I am very aggressive."

Coach [and former Yankee farmhand] Hector Gonzalez agrees that Sosa is a very aggressive player, both offensively and defensively, but doesn't view it as a negative aspect as long as he can learn to control his energy.

"Sosa is one of those players that really likes to play and will swing at everything," Gonzalez opined. "He has to be in control and force himself to be more passive and smart about the pitches. He's a really special player."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nThis season is Sosa's first season in the Gulf Coast League after dominating in the Dominican Summer League in 2008. He has had to get used to the pitching in the United States throughout the season, admitting that the U.S. pitchers are tougher to face than those back home.
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\r\n\"Baseball-wise, the pitchers have more accuracy and they hit the spots better than in the Dominican Republic,\" Sosa said through the help of a translator. \"I've had to adjust to that and I still am adjusting to it.\"
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\r\nSosa is putting up pedestrian numbers for a rookie, averaging .205 with thirteen hits thus far. However, his main concern is still his overall approach in the batter's box.
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\r\nThe contact hitter has three more strikeouts than hits this season due to his overly-aggressive attitude at the plate, but he is aware that he has to change it.
\r\n
\r\n\"Last year I was too aggressive, swinging at every single pitch,\" Sosa said. \"This year, I am trying to be much more selective and patient at the plate. I have to work on not swinging at high pitches. I still do that a lot.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe is connecting with the ball pretty well; however, has to work on his placement.
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\r\n\"I've been hitting the ball well,\" Sosa said, \"but I'm not getting too many hits [on the board]. Every time I hit it well, it is right in front of somebody. I am okay, I know that I can hit, I just need to place them differently. I want my hits to pass through [defenders].\"
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\r\nSosa believes the key to this kind of success is to commit to a certain style when approaching the plate.
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\r\n\"You have to stick with your plan while batting,\" Sosa said. \"Don't make a swing at every single pitch. I need to be more patient because right now I am very aggressive.\"
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\r\nCoach [and former Yankee farmhand] Hector Gonzalez agrees that Sosa is a very aggressive player, both offensively and defensively, but doesn't view it as a negative aspect as long as he can learn to control his energy.
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\r\n\"Sosa is one of those players that really likes to play and will swing at everything,\" Gonzalez opined. \"He has to be in control and force himself to be more passive and smart about the pitches. He's a really special player.\"
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