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Miller Place's Mahoney enjoying playing at Trenton

Kevin Mahoney has bounced around a bit the last two seasons.

The Staten Island Yankees third baseman spent last season with the Gulf Coast Yankees and began this season with Class A Tampa for extended spring training before moving to Class AA Trenton.

It's been quite the worldwide tour for the Miller Place High School graduate, who finds himself a lot closer to home with the Staten Island team.

"It's going well," said Mahoney, who was the 2009 MAAC player of the year at Canisius. "Things are starting to unfold a little bit," Mahoney said after a 2-1 win over Brooklyn on Friday. "I'm learning a lot and it's helping me with being able to go up a level and fill in for injured guys."

Mahoney said it can be overwhelming to be moved around so much, but seeing the game at several different levels has helped him immensely.

"I can definitely see the improvements I've made," Mahoney said. "I'm not playing as well as I want to, but my approach and the way I swing the bat is a lot better than I did last year. Being up at the higher level with those coaching staffs has been unbelievable for me."

Facing a higher class of pitching helped Mahoney develop a better plate discipline. "The pitching was a little tougher because they knew how to pitch, they knew how to get into a hitter's head and they knew how to pitch to a hitter's swing," Mahoney said. "They can read it after one or two pitches. Up there it's mental. You have to fight yourself. Down here you have to get a pitch and drive it."

Being able to play in front of his family and friends, especially his parents, who drove to see him play in college, has also been helpful. "Tonight 24 of my friends and family are here," he said. "I love it. I get to go home and hang out with my family."

Mahoney was hitting just .222 through Friday (12 games) with Staten Island, but he has one home run and eight RBIs. He hit his first home run in a 4-2 win over Aberdeen on Wednesday.

"It was a big monkey off my shoulders," Mahoney said. "It was the same with my first base hit. It took a little while, but once I got it, I was ready to go. And I'm ready to go now."


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