With the 2007 minor league season completed, and now preparing for our Top 50 rankings this…
Laird Will Focus On Defense At Instructs
After committing six errors in his first 22 games, the former Southern California High School Player of the Year was charged with just one more in his final 23 games.
"I felt I did good," he said of his defensive game. "I got better as I was out there longer. I was learning more and the coaches were helping me a lot. They helped me with my quickness.
"With my size, I need to improve my range. They said they love my hands over there and that I was getting better and becoming more of a professional third baseman."
One of the knocks on the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Laird was his defensive game. Some scouts were unsure where he would fit defensively at the professional level and that perhaps is one of the reasons he inexplicably fell in the draft after having both pedigree and amateur results on his resume.
A two-way player in both high school and college, he actually closed for the Cypress College Chargers this past year and clearly has the arm to play the hot corner after leading his team in saves.
"Staying in shape and getting that first-step quickness, that's actually my number one concern," he admitted. "My hands are good enough and I have a good arm, I just need to improve my range. My main concern is my range and my flexibility."
Confident he will continue to hit, he is set to begin his first Instructional League with the goal of getting his offseason workout plan and working on his defensive game to be a more complete player.
"I'm going to go over there and make sure I get my defense better," he said of his plan for Instructs. "I'm going to take a lot of ground balls and take in all the information I can that's going to help me. I'm pretty excited. This is a special invite so it's going to be good for me."
(We will have an extended feature on Brandon Laird in our next issue of PinstripesPlus Magazine, so be sure you get your copy!)
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