River Cats outfielder Austin Slater recently sat down with KNBR's Marty Lurie to discuss growing up a Chipper Jones fan, his time at Stanford, and how he has progressed through the Giants' organization.
Slater, who was voted the most improved player in 2016 by his River Cats teammates, ended last season on a tear. The 19th ranked prospect in the Giants' farm system hit .381 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in August and was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month.
After being called up from Double-A Richmond in June, Slater struggled to adjust in his first two months with Sacramento but found his stride after changing his approach. As he told Lurie, "sometimes you find you're giving away an at bat if you swing at a pitch early in the count. Last year I worked on pitch selection and really trying to get out in front of the plate and drive the ball".
Slater has his sights set on a strong 2017 season with Sacramento which could eventually lead him to San Francisco. "In Triple-A, you're one injury away or a couple good weeks away from getting a call so it's definitely exciting".
To listen to the full interview click here.
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