Ceciliani Keeping It Going

Ceciliani arrives at Instructs on Thursday

Savannah outfielder Darrell Ceciliani struggled with consistency in his first taste of the long-season leagues this year. He finished the season in strong fashion, however, and now he says he is looking to carry that momentum with him into Instructs and then the offseason.

"I feel like the year for me was a real rollercoaster year," Ceciliani said. "It was up and down, but overall I think it was a great learning experience; learning my body, learning how to stay healthy through a long season, and learning how to make adjustments.

"I got off to a slow start to begin the season but I felt in the second half that I finished a lot stronger. Hopefully it was a good learning experience for me, learning how to change things and fix them quicker than what happened this year."

As he mentioned he struggled right of the gate, hitting just .225 in his first 31 games after hitting a robust .351 with the Brooklyn Cyclones a year ago. Part of that slow start this year though was having to deal with a hamstring injury.

"I started off slow," he admitted. "I got hurt to start off the year. I'm a competitor, I don't like to fail. I like to do the best that I can at what I'm doing. I wasn't happy with my performance in the first half and I wanted to come out strong.

"I wanted to show the Mets and everyone else what I was capable of doing and what I am capable of doing. I just stayed mentally strong and [wanted] get back to where I could be, and where I needed to be."

His second-half batting average of .270 was clearly better, but a .304 average over the final 29 games with Savannah finally showed the same kind of potential he had flashed in Brooklyn last year.

Finishing the season off a high note, Ceciliani wants to carry the momentum he built over the second half of the season with him to Instructs and to continue to make adjustments.

"From what they told me I'm going to be working on my bunting so I can lay down a bunt anytime and use my speed to my advantage," he said. "Bunting and base running are my two big keys that I'm going to work on this offseason and in Instructs.

"I'll tweak a couple of little things with my swing probably but right now I'm feeling good where I'm at there.

"I'm looking forward to going down there. I'm glad they want me back there again this year to work on stuff. I'm looking forward to putting in a couple weeks of work and going strong into the offseason."

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