Carson Maintains Approach At New Level

Carson is hitting .344 since promoted from AA

Prior to his promotion to Triple-A Scranton, Matt Carson led the Trenton Thunder with 26 RBI in 27 games and was putting together a very strong season as a starting outfielder, and now he hasn't missed a beat at the next level.

After scoring the only run in Trenton win over Portland on May 2nd, Matt Carson was promoted to Scranton and had to be in uniform the next day for an afternoon game. With less than four hours of sleep, he went 4-for-4 and scored four runs in his Triple-A debut.

"I didn't really have to adjust because my approach was working down in Trenton, so I just continued what I was doing," said Carson. "So far, I really haven't had to change anything. I know eventually I'll have to, baseball is a game about adjustments, but as long as I keep preparing and getting ready before every game, I think I'll be okay."

Carson has been with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees for two weeks, and despite playing in a reserve role, he's responded with a .344 average in eight games.

He had a tremendously strong start for Trenton, notching five home runs and 26 RBI in his first 27 games, but now he's showing the Yankees that he can be a valuable bench player.

With the ability to play every outfield position and deliver a pinch-hit, Carson may be carving out his future as a reserve outfielder. One of the keys to success in a bench role is maintaining an approach, and he appears to be mastering that.

"You know, it's about getting into a nice routine," he said. "I struggled a bit really early on, but I found a routine and stuck with it and it really started to work.

"I like the groove I'm in now. I'm getting my work in off the tee in the cage, and making sure I do everything before each game to ensure that I'll be ready."

Based on his Triple-A debut, it appears that Carson is blessed with the ability to always be "ready."

"Tony [Franklin] called me up and said that I've done a lot of good things so far, and that I am going to get a chance to do those things at another level," he recounted his promotion. "We had a real good team down there in first place, and I was getting a chance to play at a higher level for a team that's also in first."

Carson had to be in Scranton for an afternoon game then next day, and despite only hours of sleep and a full day of traveling, he found himself in the lineup and playing right field for the Yankees.

"It was probably a good thing. I was tired and thinking more about the pillow than the pitcher, and if you don't think too much, good things will happen."

Good things have certainly happened for him this season, but that may also be a result of his natural ability. Now that the dust has settled, Carson has had a chance to examine the differences between Triple-A and Double-A baseball, which may be another reason for his continued success despite limited at-bats.

"I've learned that pitchers have a better idea about how to go after hitters and how to get guys out. I think they rely on their stuff a bit more than in Double-A though. Here, they have the same stuff, but they know when and where to throw it and they know how to pick on the corners."

"Its better baseball up here, much more polished. The competition is better up here, and it really has been improving my game," he concluded.

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