It’s hard to imagine Francisco Cervelli ever being known as much for his bat as for his glove, but no question he’s been a better hitter in the major leagues than his minor league numbers suggested.
“After I started to see a lot of base hits in big situations, I started to get confident,” he said. “I don’t know why. I was different in Double-A and when I got to the big leagues, it was like everything changed. My mind relaxed, and I can make adjustments quick.”
Cervelli had a big two-out, two-run single on Saturday and he’s had at least one hit in all four of his starts this season. He’s had an RBI in three of the four.
“We feel that he’s improved a lot offensively in the time that he’s been up here,” Girardi said. “He’s worked extremely hard.”
The glove was never a question for Cervelli, and he’s lived up to that defensive reputation. But as long as he can occasionally contribute offensively, his career might have staying power.
“I think it’s the key for being a long time in the big leagues,” Cervelli said. “If you can hit for average and if you catch, you can be here for a long time.”
Here’s Cervelli talking after yesterday’s game.
Associated Press photo of Cervelli and Damaso Marte after the last out of yesterday’s game.