What was the biggest adjustment you had to make in your first professional season?
“The biggest adjustment I had to make going from being an amateur to being a professional was just getting used to the day-to-day schedule. It was obviously different than things I had experienced in the past but it was an adjustment that I got comfortable with quickly.”
Describe your approach on the mound. Did you make any changes before or during the season?
“My approach on the mound is to not over think anything and to go after the hitters with a lot of confidence in my stuff. The biggest adjustment I realized I needed to make to have success at this level was keeping the ball low more consistently.”
Reports have said you got your fastball up to 96 miles per hour at some points during the season. Did you see a more consistent jump in velocity in your fastball in the GCL?
“I actually felt like my velocity in Tampa was a tick or two lower than what it was during the spring. That is something I have been working hard on this off-season, just making sure that I maintain my velocity and strength throughout the entire season.”
What about your other pitches, how have they developed this season? Has your command and control improved after working with the Yankees coaches?
“My curve-ball is better than my change-up at this point but I threw the change-up a lot during the summer and into instructional league. Cory Arbiso, Greg Pavlick and Gil Patterson worked with me a lot every day and my command improved. I still have a lot of things to learn and improve upon to be where I need myself to be.”
What was the major focus for you this year? What was the main thing you and the coaches worked on during the season?
“As I said before, the biggest thing for me was just working on staying low in the zone with all three pitches with as much consistency as possible.”
What is your focus for the off season? What changes are you looking to make for next season?
“This off-season I have been lifting a lot and just began throwing last week. I have put on some weight which was something I hope to continue. I am really looking forward to getting down to Tampa in the middle of February.“