However, the 23-year-old right fielder who is in his second year of professional baseball having starred at the University of South Carolina, has been struggling at the plate through the season's first half.
In his first 213 at-bats as a pro, the Charleston RiverDogs' right fielder is hitting at a .244 clip that includes 13 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 26 RBI, while striking out 55 times.
Yet he recently experienced a personal best for the early season when the West Columbia, SC product had a stellar game at Hagerstown, MD on June 10, as he went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
"That felt pretty good," Mack beamed. "I hadn't been hitting the ball too well previous to that. I'm on a roll now, and it feels good. The team's doing pretty well now, too."
In Mack's memorable game, RiverDogs' hitting coach Justin Turner credits Mack's ability to find good pitches to hit.
"He didn't miss them," the first-year coach said of Mack. "He has a tendency to want to get big sometimes and he controlled the swing well and put the barrel on it. And good things happen when you do that."
Despite Mack's recent impressive outing, statistically his numbers haven't been where he or the RiverDogs would like for them to be. He feels his struggle at the plate is changing for the better.
"The hits are starting to fall, and I am feeling more comfortable at the plate," he said.
Turner, however, is not discouraged by Mack's average.
"It's one of those things (where) you go through stretches and you hit the ball hard," Turner said, "It's just a case of bad luck."
To improve his hitting, Mack has been practicing in the cages and working with Turner.
"My timing has been a bit off so I have been working a lot on that," Mack relayed.
"We are working in the cages making sure he swings with a consistent path to the ball," said Turner. "By working hard, it's only a matter of time until they start dropping."
"I'm still trying to hit doubles and drive the ball in the gaps," Mack added. "Speed contributes to that."
Mack plans to enhance his game as the season continues.
"I come out here (to the ball park) every day and work hard," he admitted. "It's a grind, you come out everyday to do your work but it turns out well."
Turner predicts Mack will keep progressing as the season continues.
"He has a good attitude and comes to the ball park every day to work hard," he said. "I'm proud of what he is doing so far."
Mack is motivated to become a better overall player.
"I plan to keep hitting better and finish up strong," Mack said.
With his positive attitude and work ethic, Mack is on track to turn things around and become the hitter that the Yankees believe he can be.
Mack Starting To Turn It Around
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