Simplicity Key For Rays' Glaesmann
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Todd Glaesmann kept it simple this season.
And as a result, he made a serious improvement in his standing in the Rays organization.
Glaesmann was the Rays minor league player of the year after leading the organization with 21 homers while hitting .285/.336/.493 with 75 RBIs between low Class A Bowling Green and high Class A Charlotte.
"The first two years I pressed a little bit and didn't have fun playing the game like you do when you're young playing Little League and high school baseball," Glaesmann said. "This year I kind of just went with the flow and had some fun with it and that was the result."
Getting to play last winter in the Australian League, and having some success, definitely helped, Glaesmann said. So did working closely with Bowling Green hitting coach Manny Castillo.
After hitting just eight home runs and missing time with injuries over his first three professional seasons, Glaesmann said the power surge was the result of a simple adjustment.
"Pitch recognition, and hitting mistakes," said Glaesmann, a 2009 third-round pick out of Midway High in Waco, Texas. "Those were the biggest things. The first couple years I was getting into hitters' counts and trying to do too much. This year I was just recognizing pitches and hitting them."
Glaesmann, 21, likes playing center field, but at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, he is likely to be soon moved to a corner or first base.
"We saw the power that we were looking for when our scouting staff signed him," Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics said. "He became a better player. With 21 home runs he improved a tremendous amount."
• Righthander Chris Archer was named the team's minor league pitcher of the year. Archer was 7-9, 3.66 for Triple-A Durham around two stints in the majors.
• The Rays named MVPs for each minor league team, including shortstop Derek Dietrich at Charlotte.