Lucas Erceg opened eyes after a tremendous year, his second professional season with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Erceg is in the Arizona Fall League refining his game, as he works towards making the show.
Erceg is equipped with a strong, accurate arm, both of which are prerequisites for manning the hot corner. He’s honing his defensive positioning and footwork skills in order to solidify his game.
“Defensively, I’m working mostly on my footwork. Specifically, on backhands, getting my feet in the right position to field a ground ball. Working on better angles so that I can get more range. Just all around footwork in terms of following through the baseball. I tend to cut myself off when I throw. It sometimes results in a spiked ball or airmailing it,” said Erceg.
Two offensive expectations of any player hoping to play third base are power and hitting. Both happen to be strengths of his game. In Arizona, he is focused on improving at the plate.
“Offensively, I’m working on a consistent approach. When I shied away from it, It clearly showed. I wasn’t swinging at the right pitches. Here, I’m not really focused on the results, but more on the process.”
The AFL season is unique in that it brings players and coaches from different teams together. Its collection of different experiences and philosophies can help a player look at things from a different perspective.
“It’s an awesome experience. I’m blessed with the opportunity. It’s going to help me immensely. There’s a lot that I have to work on. Being with a lot of different coaches, players that I haven’t played with. I’m taking any information that I can to help me.”
After the grind of the long season, relaxation is in order, but the hard work also continues in preparation for the 2018 season.
“Definitely getting time to relax. I had two weeks off prior to coming here. Four days in, I was itching, ready to play again. For me, now experiencing what an offseason feels like from last season, I know exactly what I need to do. I need to organize my days better. Holding myself accountable. Having that support that I can use during the offseason. Get stronger. Put on some weight, some good weight. Eat right.”
For youth baseball players with aspirations of someday playing professionally, Erceg offered his advice.
“Have fun every day. It’s one of the opportunities that I hear countless times from coaches and players that played but never made it. They loved the opportunity but took it for granted. Growing up I was playing every weekend. Keep your head up, keep playing, enjoy every moment and trust the process.”