YMLN - Nunez Puts On A Show

Eduardo Nunez was hitting some absolute bombs

YMLN - The Yankees prospects were putting a wrap on their first week of Spring Training practice on Friday when shortstop Eduardo Nunez put an exclamation mark on it in the cages.

  • Not even the strong winds could keep Eduardo Nunez in the yard during his batting practice session on Friday. With the wind blowing strongly out to right field - so strong in fact it actually knocked over one of the metal benches at the minor league complex - he still managed to hit four mammoth home runs to left-centerfield in an impressive display of his power potential.

  • Struggling a bit from the right side of the plate this past week, third baseman Bradley Suttle took the day off from that side and batted exclusively from the left side. The move may have done wonders for his confidence as he easily put together his most impressive hitting display in his first week of camp. He was consistently hitting hard liners out to left-center and drawing praises from the coaching staff.

  • While Nunez was hitting hard into the wind, catcher Jesus Montero was taking advantage of it by hitting four huge home runs of his own. All of them went out to right-center and right field, capping off an impressive first week of camp power-wise.

  • The home run of the day belonged to third baseman Mitch Hilligoss when he launched a towering home run to right-centerfield that cleared the fence by a good thirty feet. He also hit another one that was just a shade to the right of straight-away centerfield and also hit some hard liners right into the wind in his other at-bats.

  • Second baseman Prilys Cuello, who was in a bit of a funk in the first three days of camp, has appeared to snap out of it. He put together his second straight impressive day in the cages on Friday, hitting the majority his line-drives up the middle or to the opposite field. While he appears to have gotten better defensively during infield drills, he still has shown some problems making the transfer from the glove to his throwing hand on double-play attempts.

  • The first week of camp ended on Friday and yet shortstop Carmen Angelini has still yet to step into the cages for batting practice as he continues to nurse a sore wrist. Making a bid to begin his professional career in the South Atlantic League this season, it will be curious to see if this nagging injury is his first stumbling block.

  • Third baseman Braedyn Pruitt took his first defensive drills at first base this week on Friday and looked pretty solid turning the double-play.

  • Like Eduardo Nunez, catcher Austin Romine used his brute strength to cut monstrous home runs right through the wind to left-centerfield on Friday. He hit a grand total of three home runs during his batting practice session, capping off a tremendous first week for last year's second round pick.

  • Chalk up outfielder Josue Calzado as another one who dared hitting into the wind. While Nunez and Romine impressively went deep to left-center, it was Calzado who hit the longest bombs that way on Friday, clubbing two towering home runs to left and one more to dead-center.

  • Catcher Jorge Liccien and outfielder Jahdiel Santamaria have missed camp so far dealing with their own separate minor visa issues but both players are expected to report over the weekend. Catcher Jose Gil missed the first four days but reported to camp on Friday.

  • Catcher Zhengwang Zhang might not have the raw power or the natural physical abilities of the other batters in camp, but he has looked pretty good spraying line drives from gap to gap in his first week of camp. It doesn't appear that he has a spot open to him in the long-season leagues but he could be working his way into the Gulf Coast League mix for this coming season.

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