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Duncan Learning A New Position
Minor league coach Jack Hubbard worked with Eric Duncan on the defensive transition. Now that Hubbard is helping coach The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, Don Mattingly will take over. Duncan admitted the switch has been difficult, especially the footwork. But he has been diligent.
"I'm out there every day working on it," he said. "I think it's a good thing for me."
Duncan, 21, hit only .235 for Double-A Trenton last season and committed 27 errors at third base.
"I had to get a different approach," said Duncan, who also struck out 136 times. "What I was doing mentally wasn't working."
Minor league hitting coordinator Gary Denbo worked with him on simplifying his approach before the Yankees sent Duncan off to the Arizona Fall League. Duncan hit .363 with eight homers and 27 RBIs in 23 games and was named MVP of the league.
"I learned a lot from struggling in Trenton, and Arizona was a confidence-booster," Duncan said. "It put me in a better frame of mind."
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