Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bray Day - Episode 9

Aaron Bray was the 27th round draft pick for the Astros in last June's amateur draft. He was also the winner of the Astros County Adopt-a-Player contest. Each week, Aaron will write a column for Astros County detailing his off-season. Check the sidebar for archives.

Hello Astros fans, hope all is well!!!
This wek has been hectic, the semester is coming to an end. So I have made many visits to the library to get some papers done. My working out has picked up more and I am excited for baseball to start.

Now to the question:
This week we took a look at your season splits. How often do you look at your stats during the season, and looking back at your season did any of these surprise you? What do you feel are your strengths that may not be reflected in the box score?

I will say that in hard times, such as slumps, I did not check my stats. Toward the end of the season when I was playing better I checked occasionally, but I was more worried about getting my work done. Because by putting in a good day's work, the results will come. Nothing really surprised me during the season. I knew I could compete and play well.

I would say a stat that is not kept in the box score is just having a good at bat, or playing good defense. Having a good at bat is a good thing. No one likes to strike out, but what if you have an at bat where you see 8-10 pitches? That's a good AB. Defense-wise it's being in the right spot at the right time - whether backing up or being the cutoff man. These are a couple things that are not shown in the stat book, but they help teams win.

Have a good week, Astros fans!

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