This season, getting the experience of playing at the Major League level for the first time has been a lot of fun. You can speculate when you're in the Minors, but you don't really know how you're going to do at this level until you get here. One of the things I understand now is that it's still about playing the game like you've always played the game.
I think I've been holding my own so far. The on-field adjustment hasn't really been that big from my perspective. As a player, I wake up and do my thing.
Off the field, there's a lot more preparation and some of the publicity aspects are new for me. My goal is simple: Just do the best I can day-in and day-out.
As a catcher, I probably have a little more on my plate than the usual first-year player. I've always seen myself as a catcher first and as a hitter second.
As a catcher, you're thinking about so many things compared to other position players. I can't focus on my last at-bat or my next at-bat too much.
Coming to the Major Leagues is tough, but I'm continuing to learn about the process and trying to meet the challenge. The whole team has been pretty supportive of me so far this year. Everyone has really helped me and I am grateful for that.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a 22-year-old, 6-foot-4, switch-hitting catcher, is considered one of the game's top prospects. He has split time between catcher and first base as a rookie this season, batting .284 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 141 at-bats with Atlanta.
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