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Gomez Growing More Confident
Assigned the task of filling the leadoff hitter's role for Juan Samuel's B-Mets squad to open the season, the 20-year-old Gomez struggled, batting just .205 in April and .219 in May. But as the weather warmed, so did Gomez's bat, which just happened to coincide with his movement lower in Binghamton's batting order. Gomez started his 18-game hit streak on June 29 and kept hitting through the month of July, putting up a sizzling .406 (41-for-101) average for the month. Those results were of little coincidence. Viewed as one of the Mets' top prospects for his high ceiling and raw ability, Carlos Gomez said he disliked serving as a table-setter atop the lineup, instead preferring to hit in the heart of the order. "For leadoff, I have to put the ball in play, and I changed my swing," Gomez said. "When I moved down in the lineup - six, five - I [can] swing hard for a big guy in the lineup. That's what I like." Gomez burst onto the prospect scene last season with the Hagerstown...
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