The Yankees have successfully re-stocked what was a depleted farm system, especially in the…
Splitsville: Tim Battle v1.1
Breakout Year: Tim Battle, who was drafted two rounds after Eric Duncan in 2003 MLB Draft and entered the 2005 season with a combined .245 batting average with just two home runs in two years of short-season league baseball, hit .259 with 16 home runs in his first taste of the long-season leagues last year. Even when he was still getting acclimated to professional baseball in the Gulf Coast League and NY-Penn League, despite his struggles, Battle's confidence never wavered. While most players would have merely hoped to break Spring Training with the long-season leagues after two so-so years in the short-season leagues, Battle entered Spring Training in 2005 with the goal of breaking camp with AA-Trenton. It is his incredible confidence that separates him from most prospects. The Average Is There: For two extended periods during the 2005 season, Tim Battle showed he could hit for a high average. When he began the year hitting just .226 in his first 23 games with the...
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