Leonora Increasing His Versatility

Ericson Leonora proved to be one of the more dynamic offensive players for the Yankees in the Dominican Summer League this past year, hitting .286 with 25 extra-base hits and 15 stolen bases in his debut season. A naturally gifted centerfielder, the Yankees are now trying him at second base to help increase his defensive versatility.

Ericson Leonora only played in centerfield for DSL Yankees1 this past season and he responded well by collecting twelve doubles, and leading the team in stolen bases, hits [74], RBI [39], triples [9], and home runs [4].

"I thought I did pretty well," Leonora said through the help of a translator. "I felt like I progressed pretty quickly this year. I feel like I accomplished everything I wanted to."

He admits though that he'd like to improve his selectivity at the plate and be a bit more patient, but offensively he feels extremely confident overall.

"I'm always working on getting good pitches to hit and working on my strike zone discipline. Inside, short swings, that's what I'm working on. That's it."

With stud defensive centerfielders Kelvin Duran and Eduardo Sosa immediately in front of him on the depth chart, however, the Yankees started indoctrinating him to second base during Dominican Instructs and Leonora says he's on board with the move.

"Centerfield is my natural position," he said. "I love playing there. If I can play second base though, that will make me very skilled and that will give me an edge over some of the other guys."

The long-term plan isn't to have him make a permanent switch though, just more of a fall-back position since centerfield is a spot where the Yankees are gaining some serious depth after drafting Slade Heathcott, not to mention the likes of Duran and Sosa.

"I'm not too worried about it yet because this is the first time I've played in the infield," he revealed. "I'm trying to get accustomed to second base. I'm going to play both [centerfield and second base] for now."

For most players learning second base, it seems learning how to turn double-plays is always the hardest adjustment, although Leonora doesn't exactly see it that way yet.

"The slow-rollers are hard to get used to," Leonora admitted. "I've also got to be a little quicker on turning double-plays, but I'm getting accustomed to that. It's the slow-rollers that are hard for me."

The catch-22 for Leonora is, while he firmly believes that offensively he is ready to come States-side next season, increasing his versatility in the field might put that once reachable goal on hold.

"Offensively I feel like I'm ready to go to the United States now," he opined. "But I need to learn how to play second base.

"I need to keep practicing hard at second base and I need to learn more. Right now I'm not ready to go to the U.S.A while playing second base."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nEricson Leonora only played in centerfield for DSL Yankees1 this past season and he responded well by collecting twelve doubles, and leading the team in stolen bases, hits [74], RBI [39], triples [9], and home runs [4].
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\r\n\"I thought I did pretty well,\" Leonora said through the help of a translator. \"I felt like I progressed pretty quickly this year. I feel like I accomplished everything I wanted to.\"
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\r\nHe admits though that he'd like to improve his selectivity at the plate and be a bit more patient, but offensively he feels extremely confident overall.
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\r\n\"I'm always working on getting good pitches to hit and working on my strike zone discipline. Inside, short swings, that's what I'm working on. That's it.\"
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\r\nWith stud defensive centerfielders Kelvin Duran and Eduardo Sosa immediately in front of him on the depth chart, however, the Yankees started indoctrinating him to second base during Dominican Instructs and Leonora says he's on board with the move.
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\r\n\"Centerfield is my natural position,\" he said. \"I love playing there. If I can play second base though, that will make me very skilled and that will give me an edge over some of the other guys.\"
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\r\nThe long-term plan isn't to have him make a permanent switch though, just more of a fall-back position since centerfield is a spot where the Yankees are gaining some serious depth after drafting Slade Heathcott, not to mention the likes of Duran and Sosa.
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\r\n\"I'm not too worried about it yet because this is the first time I've played in the infield,\" he revealed. \"I'm trying to get accustomed to second base. I'm going to play both [centerfield and second base] for now.\"
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\r\nFor most players learning second base, it seems learning how to turn double-plays is always the hardest adjustment, although Leonora doesn't exactly see it that way yet.
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\r\n\"The slow-rollers are hard to get used to,\" Leonora admitted. \"I've also got to be a little quicker on turning double-plays, but I'm getting accustomed to that. It's the slow-rollers that are hard for me.\"
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\r\nThe catch-22 for Leonora is, while he firmly believes that offensively he is ready to come States-side next season, increasing his versatility in the field might put that once reachable goal on hold.
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\r\n\"Offensively I feel like I'm ready to go to the United States now,\" he opined. \"But I need to learn how to play second base.
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\r\n\"I need to keep practicing hard at second base and I need to learn more. Right now I'm not ready to go to the U.S.A while playing second base.\"
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