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A season-ender with Ender

Inciarte talks 2015, offseason and beyond

PHOENIX -- In his first full season in the big leagues, D-backs outfielder Ender Inciarte had a banner year both at the plate and in the field.

Inciarte, who turns 25 on Oct. 29, hit .303 with 21 stolen bases, and he was second in the Majors in the advanced metric of defensive runs saved with 28.

Just before the end of the season, Inciarte, who missed the final three games with a right shin contusion, sat down with to discuss his season and his plans for the offseason. How would you assess your season?
I feel like I've done what I expected. Of course I'm always asking a lot of myself and am never satisfied. Really, I'm just trying to get better every day. But I'm happy with the way I've performed. I don't think I've ever had more than 500 at-bats in my career [he had 524 this season], but this year I didn't feel tired and I'm just happy that I've been able to play and get so many at-bats.

Anything in particular you're going to work on this offseason?
I'm always trying to get better. I'm going to work on my offense, my defense, everything. Every year I think that the next year is going to be even more important. I need to keep working hard and trying to get better. It's just how I am.

When do you usually start on your offseason program?
I'm going to try and take October off, and then in November, I'm going to start a weight program and speed program. I don't know if I'll come to Phoenix in January or not, but I'm definitely looking forward to getting better for next year. In the past you've played Winter Ball, do you plan on doing that again this year?

Inciarte: Right now, today, I'm not really sure because I had a lot of at-bats this year, but playing there in the past has made me the player that I am and I am thankful for the opportunity to do that.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
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