For many players, they know precisely why they were sent to the Arizona Fall League. Their organization has given them a specific aspect of their game to work on, and ideally improve.
Yet for Estevan Florial this was not the case when the Yankees sent the outfielder out to Arizona for this year’s edition of the fall league, they didn’t give him a specific assignment.
This did not bother Florial who has used the extra playing time to work on all aspects of his game.
“I have been working defense,” Florial said. “Most of the (time) I have been working on my approach at the plate, how to select a good pitch and trying to find a good pitch to hit.”
Florial feels that to improve his overall approach at the plate; he must first develop his plate discipline.
This comes back to recognizing which pitch is being thrown and knowing what pitches he can handle and what pitches are better left alone.
What stands between Florial and reaching his optimal plate approach? Just practice and game experience in his opinion.
This fall the extra reps have not turned into additional production for Florial as he is hitting .242/.356/.679 for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
However, Yankees fans should not be concerned; the 19-year-old has not played above high A in this three years since signing with the Bronx Bombers.
In addition, Florial put up great numbers in his 2017 campaign .298/.372/.850 with most of his games coming at the single A level.
This puts Florial somewhat behind the ball in the Arizona Fall League as many of the players in the league have Double-A and Triple-A experience.
Florial is taking this all in stride as he wants to get his teammates to pick their brains about everything baseball-related, on and off the field.
“I asked them; how are you going to do in that situation or that count?” Florial said. “What do you think (about this)? What is your process here?”
Florial has done this because he knows that learning baseball is a lifelong process and as a young player, he is beginning that process.
“Even when you get to the big leagues you haven’t finished learning,” Florial said. “Just keep growing so has a hitter as a base runner as a defender keep going the best that I can.”
The young outfielder plans to increase his baseball knowledge by keeping his nose to the grindstone throughout the offseason.
He will be heading back to the Dominican Republic for the offseason in what has become a yearly tradition for him.
Florial said he was excited to go home but doesn’t plan to just relax throughout the offseason. He plans to continue to improve his game the only way that he knows how. By working hard.
“I know that the only thing I can control is working hard,” Florial said. “If you’re working hard you’re doing the best you can.”