Almonte Looking For The Breakout Season

Almonte got on base two more times on Wednesday

TAMPA, FL - Abraham Almonte, who hit a blistering .368 in his final 33 games with the Charleston RiverDogs last season and who seems to be hitting even better than that this Spring Training, is not only hoping that 2010 will be his breakout season but he believes it will be.

"It's going pretty good," a humble Abraham Almonte said. "I feel stronger compared to last year. I feel a lot better."

Not only has he been hitting the ball extremely hard in camp, but after cutting his strikeouts down from 101 in 2008 to 81 last season, he has struck out hardly at all in Spring Training and he credits having a more consistent swing path from both sides of the plate.

"I know better what I'm doing at both sides of the plate," he said. "I feel more comfortable from the left side, definitely more power, but I feel comfortable from both sides now."

A big part of being more comfortable at the plate has been how the former second baseman has mastered the centerfield position defensively over the last year and that has allowed him to pretty much focus solely on his swing mechanics.

"I feel good," he said. "Last year I played left and right [too], but I feel most comfortable in center. There are no problems out there now."

Playing like a man possessed in the batter's box this Spring, Almonte is hoping to avoid the slow starts he has endured the previous two seasons and finally have that kind of breakout season where he'll be mentioned among the Yankees top prospects.

"Definitely, I work hard for that. I want to be there [among the top prospects]. I'm working hard for that kind of start."

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