"I put a lot of work into Spring Training," De Leon said through a translator. "I think I had a good year overall in Spring Training."
The Dominican Republic native admittedly focused a lot of his time during camp on his defensive skills in the outfield.
"[It's] not perfect," he said, "but it's a lot better since last year."
DeLeon also acknowledges that last year, two players from the Extended Spring Training squad made the jump to Charleston mid-season so it's not out of the question that he could possibly do the same in 2010.
"That decision is not up to me, but I am going to keep working hard," he added. "If that decision comes about I will take it and try to do the best I can in that position."
He also was clearly trying to work the ball to the opposite field, while at the plate. DeLeon, known for his power, had shown his new approach with an opposite field home run during Spring Training.
"It is an objective to work going the opposite way," said DeLeon. "Everybody says I am a home run guy, a power guy, that I have to learn how to use the opposite field better so that's what I am trying to be better at."
In order to move forward in the Yankees organization, DeLeon knows what he needs to do as a player.
"Right now I am trying to get better at every aspect: defense, hitting, base-running, everything," he admitted. "That is why I am here; I have to get better."
His goals are simple for this season. DeLeon wants to improve his game.
"If you get better at every little aspect, that is what I am here for. I feel good and hopefully I have a good season again this year."
De Leon Still Fine-Tuning His Game
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