Devil Rays third baseman Evan Longoria collected his 20th homer and 20th double of the season in Double-A Montgomery’s 6-5, 10-inning win against Mobile on Wednesday.
It’s been steady as she goes for the third overall pick last year out of Long Beach State, hitting .307/.406/.529 in 361 at-bats for the Biscuits.
“Things have been going well,” Longoria said, “but i try not to get too caught up in the numbers. I’m just trying to remain consistent on a daily basis. If you do that, the numbers will show that in the end. I’m not thinking about the big leagues or anything like that now. That stuff is nice, and it’ll be there . . . but I know there are certain areas where I need to improve. I’m always learning something.”
One of those areas is at third base. Longoria has solid range to both sides and an average to above-average arm to go along with his soft hands. But learning angles and getting better reads and reactions off the bat have only been part of the equation as he moves along.
“He’s a very well-rounded player,” a scout from an American League club said. “He’s got no glaring weaknesses. I think part of that comes through his preparation and his willingness to really get beyond the game somewhat to understand not just the situation, but dissecting that further to understand who’s on the mound, who’s hitting and really having a better feel for what’s going on around him.
“He’s got great tools defensively, but he’s not the most gifted third baseman in the world physically. He’s very good, but his mentality–he’s going to do anything he can, he’s going to learn everything about you he can to beat you–that’s the separator. He wants to win. That kind of tool, that kind of desire, is hard to find.”
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