Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
"I think a big part of baseball is learning how to deal with failure. And you know, I am excited about this year."
For Nick Evans, failure came only after the greatest of success.
" And Nick Evans's first major league at-bat with a shot into the right-field corner..."
Three for four in his big-league debut, but Nick has struggled ever since bouncing between AA and the big leagues the past two seasons. If nothing else, that experience has Evans approaching things in a new way this year.
Evans says, " Just try to limit the amount of at-bats that you struggle. So instead of struggling for a week, you struggle for a couple of games, or one game. I think that's the biggest thing. Just doing what you can do to get back to where you want to be."
He appears to be all the way back this season. Evans is among the league leaders in home runs, RBI, runs scored, slugging percentage and batting average.
Still just 24 years old, Evans's approach to hitting and his situation could make this the best year of his career.
Manager Tim Teufel says, " He has relaxed. He just wants to get back together. Last year was an up-and-down year for him and he has that drive and that inner peace to make it happen. So he's come here, and he's taken to AA like it's no big deal to be here and be here to work and get better at this trade, and hopefully he'll get called up one day."
Evans says, " It really doesn't bother me. If you're not a big leagues. You just have to be wherever you can be to get at-bats and get playing time and just try to get better, regardless of what league you're in, it doesn't really matter."