One day after coming off of a monster professional baseball debut where he hit two home runs and drove in six, Pulaski Yankees’ first baseman Eric Wagaman is already forcing his way up the lineup. After batting in the No. 5 hole behind powerhouse Andres Chaparro yesterday, Yankees’ manager Luis Dorante flipped the two players for Friday night’s game.
“He (Wagaman) opened some eyes last night,” Dorante said. “So I made the move to give him a little more protection in the lineup.”
In addition to Wagaman making the move to the clean-up spot, Pulaski made some other lineup changes for Friday night: Dermis Garcia, who was at third base on Thursday, will be the designated hitter. Chaparro, who was the DH on Thursday, will be at third. And, finally, Leobaldo Cabrera, who started in right field on Thursday, will have a seat and he will be replaced by Andy Diaz.
“There are some guys that need experience at multiple positions, so that’s what we’re trying to do here,” Dorante said. “And in the outfield, we just have to rotate some guys to give everyone a chance to play.”
Looking for Control
On the bump for Pulaski on Friday night will be Jio Orozco. Orozco saw some time at Charleston last season but opens the season in Pulaski after a demotion because of control issues.
“He’s just coming from Charleston after struggling a little bit with command,” Dorante said. “He was walking a lot of guys. So, hopefully we could fix that here and be able to throw strikes.
“That has been his biggest thing (to work on). He’s got a big, power arm. It’s just a matter of commanding it.”
Orozco will not be on a normal (low-A) pitch count because of his time with Charleston, and even if he struggles Dorante maintains that the game plan with Orozco is just to give him a chance to work through things and build confidence.
“This is a development league, we need to give him as many pitches as we can,” he said.