There was no hitter more impressive for the Staten Island Yankees, than first baseman/DH Saxon Butler.
His quick adjustments in pro ball and solid power numbers led to a promotion from Class-A SI (short season) to Class-A Charleston after hitting .296 with 36 RBI and 10 home runs. He led the league with 10 home runs until teammate Peter O'Brien caught him, tying him, in the last two weeks of the season.
For the season, Butler,22, finished hitting .273 in 61 games, knocked in 45 runs, scored 38 runs, with 18 doubles, and 20 walks.
The Yankees 2012 33rd round pick is currently participating in instructional league in Florida and here's what he had to say about the season and what he's working on improving.
On his progress with Charleston: I did decent. I thought I could do a lot better. But my mind was saying one thing and my body was saying no, just from the wear and tear. I started to feel the effects. But now I know what to expect heading into next season.
On making adjustments at higher level: I didn't really think it was harder. There were times I was getting myself out. But nothing overwhelmed me.
On getting selected to go to instructs: I was hoping [for it]. I wanted the opportunity. Physically the two weeks off were good for me. I feel refreshed. I really love being here and working on just hitting and just defense.
On what he's focusing on: Defense and offense. Because if you look at what a player does wrong, his offense mirrors his defense. If you watch me play, where I go wrong at the plate is when I don't control my lower half. And then defensively, I jump off too early to ground balls. Controlling my lower half is really the main thing I'm working on in both areas.
On where he expects to be in 2013: My goal is to just have a good spring training and see where it takes me. I put high expectations on myself. I'd like to start at Tampa. But if not, hopefully Charleston.
On his off-season program: I'm definitely going to try to eat better. Not a strict diet, but just eat healthier. I'm not trying to lose weight, but get stronger and in better playing shape for [a full season].
Read my New York Penn League coverage & interview with Saxon Butler http://www.going9baseball.com/2012/06/29/gotham-baseball-minor-league-report-si-yankees-saxon-butler/#.UF5cnzQIUpc.twitter (slight typo at the end of the story, final paragraph should have been edited out)
Also, follow Saxon at @SaxonHolt33. He made the cut here in the Twitter Twenty as an Honorable Mention http://www.going9baseball.com/2012/08/31/twitter-twenty-twenty-best-minor-league-players-to-follow/