12/17/2003 1:30 PM ET
Berroa not resting on his laurels
KANSAS CITY -- Angel Berroa, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year, isn't about to prop up his feet and rest on that glowing accomplishment.
By Robert Falkoff / MLB.com
In an effort to get a jump start on 2004, the Royals' shortstop is honing his skills with some Winter Leagues activity. Berroa, who lives in the Dominican Republic during the off-season, has been playing for Azucareros of the Dominican League. The Azucareros team is under the direction of Luis Silverio, the Royals' first-base coach.
Through his first 11 games, Berroa was hitting .244 (10-for-41) with two doubles, five runs scored and a .354 on-base percentage.
Even though he played 158 games for the Royals last season, Berroa said at the conclusion of his breakout rookie year that he was planning to play some winter ball for fine-tuning purposes.
"I just want to play some games so that I'm sharp when I get to Spring Training," he said in late September.
Berroa also played winter ball last year before bursting into prominence at the Major League level.
Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.