BROOKLYN, NY - It has been a long, challenging five years of professional ball for outfielder Luis…
Santomauro Finding His Way
Nick Santomauro is a former Ivy League Player of the Year, proven clutch performer and has collected his share of awards, yet for the 21-year old rookie, this season may not be as easy as he expected. The Mets' 10th round draft pick finds himself locked in a platoon with Luis Rivera, splitting time in rightfield for the Brooklyn Cyclones.
"It has been an interesting year so far. I am just trying to work as hard as I can in and out everyday, and the results have just been showing up lately," he said.
"It is definitely interesting not being the three-hole guy any more, but it is an adjustment and every level will be an adjustment and as long as you understand that coming in, then that is the most important thing."
Santomauro finished his college career top-10 in nearly every Dartmouth hitting category, an amazing accolade considering he outperformed many of the program's top performers in only 3 years. He has been a star since he first arrived in Hanover, and while his power took some time to develop, the 6-2 205 pound lefty slugger has really seen his hitting and all-around offensive game come around the past two seasons.
"When he got drafted that was one of the main reasons he was picked. He is a real good hitter with a lot of power potential and he is showing that right now," said manager Pedro Lopez.
Recognized as one of the finest college players in the Northeast region, the Mets drafted Santomauro on the potential that his swing will turn into something special, and his recent production has only vindicated their decision
His recent tear has not only been great for his own stat line, but has really helped carry the Cyclones the past couple of games including a 5-for-11 stretch late last week with three RBI.
"I have been working really hard on my swing lately, making adjustments to simplify things, and the more and more simple my swing gets, the better I can hit the ball here with the better tier pitching. The biggest thing I have learned is to be smarter in how I have been working and preparing for my at-bats," the outfielder explained.
Santomauro's bat has been tremendous in the middle of the lineup, especially considering the factors that go into playing right on the water, and the general lack of power in the Cyclones' lineup. He has been limited to playing mostly against right-handed pitchers, where he has had nearly all of his success, batting .265.
nfortunately, the splits against lefties are already drastic and he will need to improve his batting against southpaws if he wishes to remain an everyday guy in the Cyclones' lineup.
"He has done an outstanding job at the plate for us. He has made some adjustments with Coach Voigt and right now he has got a hot-bat, and I just hope he continues that way," said Lopez.
"Eventually there will be times against left-handed pitchers where I will give him a break and give some other guys chances to perform. I have been trying to rotate players as much as possible to keep them all fresh and ready," the Cyclones manager added.
But Santomauro is not content being considered a hitting prospect, and knows his defense is tremendously important.
"I try and make all of the routine plays while working as hard as I can to get all of the non-routine plays. I would like to be successful in the outfield because I know defense is a very important part of my game," he detailed.
Santomauro is a bit of a sleeper on the young Cyclones roster and his presence from the Ivy League to the New York-Penn League is something to watch this season.
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