Almonte Saved His Season

As late as the end of July it seemed that Abraham Almonte was on his way to a second straight disappointing season with the Charleston Riverdogs, at least offensively. But a blistering .368 average in his final 33 games helped save his season, proving to himself and everyone else that nothing is impossible.

Abraham Almonte, the 20-year old centerfielder for the RiverDogs, made great strides in his second season in Charleston when it was all said and done.

He made significant contributions both defensively and offensively. Coach Torre Tyson has seen marked improvement in Almonte's fielding capabilities especially.

"From last year to this year, he is one hundred times better a player than he was [last year]," Tyson said.

"He went from being a liability defensively in his first year as an outfielder. Now he is one of the best, if not the best, outfielder in the league."

When interviewed in late August, Tyson was hopeful that Almonte would raise his batting average to .260 by season's end. He had batted .228 in 2008 and was batting .245 at the All-Star break.

Almonte exceeded Tyson's expectations by finishing 2009 with a .280 average. He was also third on the team in runs batted in (56) and he contributed 29 extra base hits. In both 2008 and 2009, Almonte played in 115 games and had over 400 at-bats.

Greg Colbrunn, the RiverDogs hitting coach, has noted improvement in the abilities of the young switch-hitter, particularly off of the right hand side.

"Left-handed he has struggled at times. But he has come a long way from the beginning of the season. Right-handed, his swing has gotten a lot better," he explained.

Almonte feels good about how this season played out. Despite some ups and downs, he believes that he was able to turn things around in the last weeks of play. In the beginning of the year, his goals were to bat .300 and "to steal a lot of bases."

He fell short of the first goal but met with success in achieving the second one. Almonte not only led the RiverDogs with 36 stolen bases, but also ranked fifth in the league in that category.

Almonte, who batted .305 in the period after the All-Star break, would like to carry that momentum into the next season. He said that he plans to play hard, just as he did at the end of this year.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Almonte plans to return home and continue playing baseball during the offseason. And as for next year?

"I want to keep playing hard and to think that nothing is impossible—just keep doing what I'm doing," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nAbraham Almonte, the 20-year old centerfielder for the RiverDogs, made great strides in his second season in Charleston when it was all said and done.
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\r\nHe made significant contributions both defensively and offensively. Coach Torre Tyson has seen marked improvement in Almonte's fielding capabilities especially.
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\r\n\"From last year to this year, he is one hundred times better a player than he was [last year],\" Tyson said.
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\r\n\"He went from being a liability defensively in his first year as an outfielder. Now he is one of the best, if not the best, outfielder in the league.\"
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\r\nWhen interviewed in late August, Tyson was hopeful that Almonte would raise his batting average to .260 by season's end. He had batted .228 in 2008 and was batting .245 at the All-Star break.
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\r\nAlmonte exceeded Tyson's expectations by finishing 2009 with a .280 average. He was also third on the team in runs batted in (56) and he contributed 29 extra base hits. In both 2008 and 2009, Almonte played in 115 games and had over 400 at-bats.
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\r\nGreg Colbrunn, the RiverDogs hitting coach, has noted improvement in the abilities of the young switch-hitter, particularly off of the right hand side.
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\r\n\"Left-handed he has struggled at times. But he has come a long way from the beginning of the season. Right-handed, his swing has gotten a lot better,\" he explained.
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\r\nAlmonte feels good about how this season played out. Despite some ups and downs, he believes that he was able to turn things around in the last weeks of play. In the beginning of the year, his goals were to bat .300 and \"to steal a lot of bases.\"
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\r\nHe fell short of the first goal but met with success in achieving the second one. Almonte not only led the RiverDogs with 36 stolen bases, but also ranked fifth in the league in that category.
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\r\nAlmonte, who batted .305 in the period after the All-Star break, would like to carry that momentum into the next season. He said that he plans to play hard, just as he did at the end of this year.
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\r\nA native of the Dominican Republic, Almonte plans to return home and continue playing baseball during the offseason. And as for next year?
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\r\n\"I want to keep playing hard and to think that nothing is impossible—just keep doing what I'm doing,\" he concluded.
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