New York Yankees: Alfonso Soriano Primed For A Breakout Season In 2014

By Alex Chitty
Alfonso Soriano
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Alfonso Soriano is primed for a breakout season in 2014. During his time with the New York Yankees in 2013, Soriano hit 17 HR and 50 RBI in 58 games. Now that he is permanently in New York, surrounded by other big name players, Soriano is going to put up big numbers in the Bronx.

There is no denying that Soriano is a great hitter. Though he may lack the ability to hit for average from time to time, his power never ceases to amaze fellow baseball fans. For a guy that is rather small compared to most power hitters, Soriano has the hand, speed and wrist action that only few major league hitters posses. Many forget that Soriano has hit more than 400 homers throughout his career. Not bad for the No.5 or No.6 hitter in the Yankees lineup.

The Yankees have at least five proven big league outfielders in Soriano, Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, which means Soriano may see a few less plate appearances. However, it also means he will have more favorable matchups. Throughout his career, Soriano has been the primary power hitter in his respective teams’ lineup. Now that he has a multitude of big bats around him, Soriano should be able to pick the right pitches to hit. I expect no less than 30 homers from Soriano in 2014.

When Soriano joined the Yankees in the middle of 2013, he was brought in to try to save New York from missing the playoffs. Although the team failed to make it to October, Soriano proved that he was worthy of wearing the pinstripes. Soriano is a decent outfielder who provides power at the plate and speed on the bases. With the short right field porch at Yankee Stadium, Soriano is bound to have a breakout season in 2014.

Alex Chitty is a New York Yankees writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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