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Zoilo Made Improvements

Zoilo Almonte, one of the Yankees' top international signings from 2005, hit just .219 with DSL Yankees1 a year ago. While he was happy with his home run total and ability to draw walks in 2006, the switch-hitter says he saw pitches a lot better in his second season after he hit .268 with the Gulf Coast League Yankees this year.

"Thank God, I feel better this year than I did last year," Zoilo Almonte said through the help of Manny Barreda translating. "I'm seeing the pitches a lot better this year. I'm also swinging at more strikes and hitting the ball more to the opposite field a lot better. "Last year I didn't really recognize when a curveball was going to be in the dirt or I wouldn't recognize changeups that...