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Suttle Not Completely Comfortable Yet
"There's still a lot of work to be done. I'm feeling more comfortable but not real comfortable yet, but I don't think anybody is right now."
Looking a bit stronger and noticeably quicker since first signing with the Yankees, the former University of Texas third baseman says he feels very good so far in his first Spring Training.
"I worked out hard," he said. "I don't know that I got bigger but I trimmed a little bit of weight, good weight that I needed to trim off. I feel great."
He set forth the goal of trimming down in the offseason to help improve his range in the field so he can become the complete player he wants to be.
"I feel like I want to get better on defense, definitely. I'm working on some things but I'm not where I want to be there either. Hitting – I'm excited about it, but I'm not where I want to be. I want to work on everything."
Feeling a bit more comfortable defensively, the switch-hitter has looked pretty good batting left-handed so far in camp and has struggled more from the right side.
"That's a fair statement," he admitted. "You get more AB's - you hit more live pitching left-handed, so yeah, I've had more reps left-handed than right-handed.
"I'm trying to be equal from both sides so I can be just as confident right-handed as I am left-handed. I try to split up the workload evenly."
Grounded in his immediate expectations, the confident switch-hitter realizes the reconstruction of his offensive game - separating his hands from his body in his stance, taking the bat off of his shoulders, and even the way he holds the bat - will remain a work in progress until he can increase his comfort level with all of the changes.
"I'm working with my load and my stride so my timing is not consistent 100 percent of the time, which is what it needs to be," he calmly stated. "I think it's just a work in progress right now. I'm feeling more and more comfortable every week, definitely.
"I think it was good that I came down here early. I was down here with the coaches, which I think helps a lot. That constant coaching helps a lot. I'm happy with the improvements that I've made but there's still work to be done."
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