Mesa Focusing Less On Power

Signed in 2003 as a non-drafted free agent, Melky Mesa has continued to climb through the Yankees farm system. After posting a .225 batting average with 20 home runs and 74 runs driven in with the Charleston RiverDogs he was promoted to the High-A Tampa Yankees for his 2010 campaign.

Realizing that he has not hit above .235 in all of his professional season within the Yankees organization, Melky Mesa has changed his approach slightly in an attempt to hit for a higher average, focusing less on his power numbers.

"I've been trying to hit the ball better for more contact," Mesa said with the help of a translator. "I got a new stance and now I'm just trying to get more contact on the ball; less power, more contact."

Through his first 54 games of the season Mesa is hitting at a .242 clip with six home runs and 27 RBI. In his last fourteen games, however, he is hitting for a .308 average with nine extra-base hits and twelve runs batted in.

"With hard work and trying to make good, solid contact I hit the two homers," Mesa explained. "But I am not trying to do too much with the ball; by just putting a good swing on the ball I hit two out."

During the first half of the season Mesa feels like he has had a pretty good year. He is excited to continue moving forward and improving his prospect status.

"I'm good, ready to go," Mesa said. "I'm ready to keep working and get better and better; that's what I try to always do."

Although listed as a right fielder, Mesa has spent much of the 2010 season in centerfield for Tampa. The Dominican Republic native has focused most of this attention on improving his offense, because he feels that his defense is already strong and where it needs to be.

"I've been playing centerfield for most of the season and I don't have any problems with it," he explained. "I enjoy center, but I don't mind playing anywhere else. I feel really comfortable there [in centerfield] because I have natural talent in centerfield."

When ranking the aspects of his own game Mesa found it very difficult to say that one tool was more development than another tool. He feels that it is more important to keep all aspects of his game equally strong and at the same level.

"I feel everything is on the same level, but sometimes it doesn't all work out that way on the field," he explained. "You need to work on everything because if you don't work on something then the other stuff gets left behind.

"You need to keep everything at the same level so I just want to keep working on everything, everyday."

As the season moves forward Mesa is not looking to set statistical goals. He wants to improve as a player and continue his climb to the big leagues.

"That is everyone's goal," he said. "We all want to make it there and stay there. I am going to be working hard and if you put a lot of effort and work hard every day, everything is going to go well for you," Mesa said.

"Everything comes down to hard work and that is what I am going to do this season."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nRealizing that he has not hit above .235 in all of his professional season within the Yankees organization, Melky Mesa has changed his approach slightly in an attempt to hit for a higher average, focusing less on his power numbers.
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\r\n\"I've been trying to hit the ball better for more contact,\" Mesa said with the help of a translator. \"I got a new stance and now I'm just trying to get more contact on the ball; less power, more contact.\"
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\r\nThrough his first 54 games of the season Mesa is hitting at a .242 clip with six home runs and 27 RBI. In his last fourteen games, however, he is hitting for a .308 average with nine extra-base hits and twelve runs batted in.
\r\n
\r\n\"With hard work and trying to make good, solid contact I hit the two homers,\" Mesa explained. \"But I am not trying to do too much with the ball; by just putting a good swing on the ball I hit two out.\"
\r\n
\r\nDuring the first half of the season Mesa feels like he has had a pretty good year. He is excited to continue moving forward and improving his prospect status.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm good, ready to go,\" Mesa said. \"I'm ready to keep working and get better and better; that's what I try to always do.\"
\r\n
\r\nAlthough listed as a right fielder, Mesa has spent much of the 2010 season in centerfield for Tampa. The Dominican Republic native has focused most of this attention on improving his offense, because he feels that his defense is already strong and where it needs to be.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've been playing centerfield for most of the season and I don't have any problems with it,\" he explained. \"I enjoy center, but I don't mind playing anywhere else. I feel really comfortable there [in centerfield] because I have natural talent in centerfield.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhen ranking the aspects of his own game Mesa found it very difficult to say that one tool was more development than another tool. He feels that it is more important to keep all aspects of his game equally strong and at the same level.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel everything is on the same level, but sometimes it doesn't all work out that way on the field,\" he explained. \"You need to work on everything because if you don't work on something then the other stuff gets left behind.
\r\n
\r\n\"You need to keep everything at the same level so I just want to keep working on everything, everyday.\"
\r\n
\r\nAs the season moves forward Mesa is not looking to set statistical goals. He wants to improve as a player and continue his climb to the big leagues.
\r\n
\r\n\"That is everyone's goal,\" he said. \"We all want to make it there and stay there. I am going to be working hard and if you put a lot of effort and work hard every day, everything is going to go well for you,\" Mesa said.
\r\n
\r\n\"Everything comes down to hard work and that is what I am going to do this season.\"
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