Mack Adjusting Quickly

In the short-season New York-Penn League, Deangelo Mack has found a comfortable position in the Staten Island outfield as well as one of the league's leading hitters. Mack, part of Staten Island's corps of heavy hitting outfielders, has been able to buckle down after a whirlwind draft and quick entry into professional baseball.

"It's a big difference coming from college because now we play everyday, we show up earlier, we work harder, it's like a job," Deangelo Mack said. "We are constantly working on stuff to get better."

A very level-headed individual, Mack sees the game purely and knows he had his work cut out for him from day one. This preparation allowed him to mentally adjust when he arrived ready to play with Staten Island.

"It's not on the same level as college, you don't see any "midweek pitchers" here," noting having to face tough pitchers each game. "You're seeing a "weekend guy" everyday here and there's no break in between."

Accordingly, the South Carolina native and University of South Carolina star knew he had some adjustments to make immediately and worked on them in the first month.

"I started slow, and had some things I had to work on in my swing. I finally got it all together and I've felt comfortable ever since.

July was a breakout month for Mack and after a .233 June, he started producing in a big way, hitting .322 with four home runs and nineteen RBI.

"I really wasn't putting my bat through the zone early on. I was working against myself with my strength and bat speed, just cutting it off.

"You know once I got in the cage and started thinking about it," he continued, "I just let my hands go and let it fly, and everything started to click, hits started falling and I just kept building it on."

The scorching July and August earned the twenty-two year old a position on the NY-Penn All Star team along with five other Staten Island players, something he is quite proud of for the team.

"It's really exciting to be able to go with a bunch of my teammates, six of us got selected from here so I'm excited to go with them and enjoy it."

When PinstripesPlus spoke with Mack after the draft, he was eager to improve in the field. As it happens, Mack is confident of his performance, but admits to some growing pains.

"I've felt pretty good out there, but it's different reading balls off of a wooden bat, the ball stays more true here according to the sound you hear off the bat. With metal, it goes every which way so I guess it's a little bit better now that I think about it, but it takes some time to get used to."

With less than a month left in the season, Mack has some parts of his game that he still wants to work on to prepare for the next level.

"I want to work on stealing some more bases and getting my speed up, getting some better jumps and get faster and faster to add it to my game."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It's a big difference coming from college because now we play everyday, we show up earlier, we work harder, it's like a job,\" Deangelo Mack said. \"We are constantly working on stuff to get better.\"
\r\n
\r\nA very level-headed individual, Mack sees the game purely and knows he had his work cut out for him from day one. This preparation allowed him to mentally adjust when he arrived ready to play with Staten Island.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's not on the same level as college, you don't see any \"midweek pitchers\" here,\" noting having to face tough pitchers each game. \"You're seeing a \"weekend guy\" everyday here and there's no break in between.\"
\r\n
\r\nAccordingly, the South Carolina native and University of South Carolina star knew he had some adjustments to make immediately and worked on them in the first month.
\r\n
\r\n\"I started slow, and had some things I had to work on in my swing. I finally got it all together and I've felt comfortable ever since.
\r\n
\r\nJuly was a breakout month for Mack and after a .233 June, he started producing in a big way, hitting .322 with four home runs and nineteen RBI.
\r\n
\r\n\"I really wasn't putting my bat through the zone early on. I was working against myself with my strength and bat speed, just cutting it off.
\r\n
\r\n\"You know once I got in the cage and started thinking about it,\" he continued, \"I just let my hands go and let it fly, and everything started to click, hits started falling and I just kept building it on.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe scorching July and August earned the twenty-two year old a position on the NY-Penn All Star team along with five other Staten Island players, something he is quite proud of for the team.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's really exciting to be able to go with a bunch of my teammates, six of us got selected from here so I'm excited to go with them and enjoy it.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhen PinstripesPlus spoke with Mack after the draft, he was eager to improve in the field. As it happens, Mack is confident of his performance, but admits to some growing pains.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've felt pretty good out there, but it's different reading balls off of a wooden bat, the ball stays more true here according to the sound you hear off the bat. With metal, it goes every which way so I guess it's a little bit better now that I think about it, but it takes some time to get used to.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith less than a month left in the season, Mack has some parts of his game that he still wants to work on to prepare for the next level.
\r\n
\r\n\"I want to work on stealing some more bases and getting my speed up, getting some better jumps and get faster and faster to add it to my game.\"
\r\n
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