Feliz Rounding Into Form

It's usually not easy for Latin American players to have success in their first season in the United States, but middle infielder Anderson Feliz is starting to make it look easy. Hitting a combined .280 between the Gulf Coast League Yankees and Tampa Yankees entering Wednesday night's game, he's quickly developing in every aspect of the game and has now put himself into the prospect category.

"I feel like I've had a good year so far," Anderson Feliz said through the help of a translator. "My defense has improved a lot."

Even though he has collected twenty extra-base hits in 50 games this season, far surpassing the nine he had in the Dominican Summer League a year ago, he says he is happier with his progress on the defensive side of the ball whether it's at second base or at shortstop.

"I feel good at both," he said confidently. "I don't really have a favorite position, I feel good at both. Right now I don't think there's any one area that needs the most improvement, I just feel like I've got to concentrate more.

"Everyday I come out and I try to work really hard at both positions because I never know where they're going to need me."

More of natural second baseman, however, the fact that he has put together a strong offensive first year in the United States as a young switch-hitter at the middle infield position is very impressive.

"I don't feel disabled at either side," he said of switch-hitting. "I feel strong from both sides. My [swing] mechanics are good."

Aiding his entire game has been his ability to put on nearly twenty pounds of much needed weight since he first signed back in 2008 and it's a point not lost on Feliz.

"I've really worked hard in the gym and I'm watching what I'm eating," he said. "I make sure I'm not eating what I'm not supposed to be eating."

Looking noticeably stronger, he says he is content with his current weight and he wants to make sure he doesn't get too big so it doesn't take away from another important aspect of his game - stealing bases.

But for a player who is extremely fast, the fact is he still has only stolen a dozen bases this year.

"I don't have a lot of stolen bases but a lot of times the situation that I'm in doesn't call for a stolen base," he revealed. "That's really the biggest reason why I don't have a lot of stolen bases.

"There have been times too where I've gotten bad jumps and I go back [to first base]. I'm very confident stealing bases though."

A very fast middle infielder who plays both shortstop, second base, and even some third base, one who also has shown an ability to hit well from both sides of the plate, conjures up images of former Yankees prospect Jimmy Paredes who was dealt to the Houston Astros earlier this season.

"If it's ready and available, and if I continue to work hard, I welcome filling that void," he said with a smile. "It's about making adjustments at this point."

With the kind of season he is having thus far and now having the opportunity to replace Paredes as the system's super utility guy at the lower levels going forward, at least in the immediate future, has Feliz squarely on the prospect map this year.

"This is what we're working for, to be on that list. I feel I should be on that list," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I feel like I've had a good year so far,\" Anderson Feliz said through the help of a translator. \"My defense has improved a lot.\"
\r\n
\r\nEven though he has collected twenty extra-base hits in 50 games this season, far surpassing the nine he had in the Dominican Summer League a year ago, he says he is happier with his progress on the defensive side of the ball whether it's at second base or at shortstop.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel good at both,\" he said confidently. \"I don't really have a favorite position, I feel good at both. Right now I don't think there's any one area that needs the most improvement, I just feel like I've got to concentrate more.
\r\n
\r\n\"Everyday I come out and I try to work really hard at both positions because I never know where they're going to need me.\"
\r\n
\r\nMore of natural second baseman, however, the fact that he has put together a strong offensive first year in the United States as a young switch-hitter at the middle infield position is very impressive.
\r\n
\r\n\"I don't feel disabled at either side,\" he said of switch-hitting. \"I feel strong from both sides. My [swing] mechanics are good.\"
\r\n
\r\nAiding his entire game has been his ability to put on nearly twenty pounds of much needed weight since he first signed back in 2008 and it's a point not lost on Feliz.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've really worked hard in the gym and I'm watching what I'm eating,\" he said. \"I make sure I'm not eating what I'm not supposed to be eating.\"
\r\n
\r\nLooking noticeably stronger, he says he is content with his current weight and he wants to make sure he doesn't get too big so it doesn't take away from another important aspect of his game - stealing bases.
\r\n
\r\nBut for a player who is extremely fast, the fact is he still has only stolen a dozen bases this year.
\r\n
\r\n\"I don't have a lot of stolen bases but a lot of times the situation that I'm in doesn't call for a stolen base,\" he revealed. \"That's really the biggest reason why I don't have a lot of stolen bases.
\r\n
\r\n\"There have been times too where I've gotten bad jumps and I go back [to first base]. I'm very confident stealing bases though.\"
\r\n
\r\nA very fast middle infielder who plays both shortstop, second base, and even some third base, one who also has shown an ability to hit well from both sides of the plate, conjures up images of former Yankees prospect Jimmy Paredes who was dealt to the Houston Astros earlier this season.
\r\n
\r\n\"If it's ready and available, and if I continue to work hard, I welcome filling that void,\" he said with a smile. \"It's about making adjustments at this point.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith the kind of season he is having thus far and now having the opportunity to replace Paredes as the system's super utility guy at the lower levels going forward, at least in the immediate future, has Feliz squarely on the prospect map this year.
\r\n
\r\n\"This is what we're working for, to be on that list. I feel I should be on that list,\" he concluded.
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