Vinny Siena did not need much time to acclimate to professional baseball.
He said he loves the job -- playing every day and being able to devote more time to improving his skills.
"It's awesome," said the second baseman whom the Mets drafted out of the University of Connecticut in the 14th round in June. "In college you'd play on the weekends and then have a week of school. You had that whole week to think about the next weekend."
Siena, playing for the Class-A Brooklyn Cyclones, is hitting .361 with a .419 on-base percentage. He has hit safely in 20 of 22 games, registering multi-hit games nine times. He hit .362 at Connecticut.
"I'm keeping the same approach that I had at school," Siena said, "just making sure that you get a good pitch to hit."
Siena, who homered seven times as a junior for UConn in 2015, said he is not trying to sock the ball out of MCU Park.
"I'm just trying to put the ball hard in play -- base hits, doubles," he said. "Occasionally if I get a hold of one, it might go out. At this field I know the wind's always blowing in, so I don't even really think about trying to hit the ball out because you'll just pop out."
Siena's discipline has impressed Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa.
"He, amongst our whole team, has been the best at controlling the strike zone, laying off pitcher's strikes, working the count to get good pitches to hit," Gamboa said.Siena had no choice but to go to college out of high school.
After his senior year in 2012 at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, Connecticut, Siena went undrafted. So he went to college.
If anything, Siena is grateful for his time at UConn, where he said his maturation prepared him for pro ball.
"To have that background in college and college baseball and being on schedule and on time and making sure you get the work in while balancing school and baseball, I think it helped me a lot," he said.
But after the Mets informed him he would be their 14th round pick last month, Siena knew it was time to turn pro.
"I was very excited," said Siena, who grew up admiring David Wright. "The whole process was crazy. The Mets were a team that was on me, and I really wanted to get drafted by the Mets. To have it happen and have my family there around me was awesome. "