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Will Robertson Getting Acclimated to Left Field

Will Robertson Getting Acclimated to Left Field

August 5, 2023

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Outfielder Will Robertson is playing more left field for Double-A New Hampshire. Robertson, who exclusively played right field in college is enjoying his new position.

“It’s been a new position,” said Robertson. “But I’m learning to trust my instincts when certain balls are hit in my direction that I can go make the play.”

Appearing in LF for 45 games so far this season, with an additional 17 games in RF, and four games in CF; Robertson feels comfortable with his defensive reads no matter where he’s playing.

“Defensively I feel my reads are pretty solid,” explained Robertson. “But I’m just constantly working on that first step burst that puts you in position to catch those 50-50 balls.”

Robertson is also making adjustments at the plate, “Throughout the season you’re always adjusting,” stated Robertson. “This year I’m just trying to be more athletic and confident in what I have. I think it’s important to separate what you’re working on in the cage from the game. I’m going out there to compete and not be too clouded like I’ve been in years past.”

He’s currently slashing .216/.308/.394 after 259 at-bats this season with Double-A New Hampshire.

Spending the majority of last season in Double-A as well, Robertson talks about the pitching at that level.

“I think every level you move up presents different challenges,” explained Robertson. “Pitchers here in Double-A have a better feel for their pitches along with the electric stuff. Trusting your zone and having a sound approach is something that’s key at this level.”

Keep working hard, Will Robertson!