Q: Which position player on the Cyclones
team do you think has the highest ceiling and why? What do you like about his game and what do you think he needs to
work on the most in order to develop into a big leaguer?
A: “There are a lot of good
ballplayers on this team, but if I had to name one, I’d say Dustin Martin. He’s got a lot of tools; he’s
got power, speed and an arm in the outfield, just a lot of upside. I’d say he just has to work on his consistency if
he wants to get better, a lot of guys on this team have been streaky this season and have shown what they can do, they just
have to do it more often. If Dustin can be more consistent with what he has, he’ll be fine.”
Q: Which pitcher do you think has
the highest big league upside and why?
A: “Jorge Reyes. He’s
got such a strong arm and loose arm action that he can be very effective at times. He throws so hard, he can blow it by anyone.
He just has to work on his control, because a lot of guys can throw hard at this level.”
Q: Who do you think is the biggest
sleeper prospect, position prospect or pitcher? Who do you think will fly under the radar, doesn't get the attention
he deserves, but will become a quality big leaguer?
A: “I’m going to have
to go with myself on this one. I haven’t been in the lineup a lot this season and I know if given the opportunity, I
could do some good things.”
Q: Heading into the off season, what
do you need to work on the most to be ready for next season and what will you be doing to work on it?
A: “Defense; I’m a utility
player, I can play anywhere, but I don’t play any position extremely well. I play first base, third base and the outfield
just about average. I need to become exceptional at all of them if I’m going to make it. My swing needs some work too,
sometimes I’m aggressive at the plate and I just need to slow things down and let my abilities come to me.”
Q: What would you say is your biggest
strength as a ball player? What do you bring to the field and to your team?
A: “I think my biggest strength
is my power at the plate. I haven’t shown a lot of it this season and there’s a big difference between showing
power in batting practice and during a game. It’s there; I just have to get more opportunities to show it to people.”
Q: What did you think of your season
this year? How do you think it went for you?
A: “It’s been ok, I didn’t
really know what to expect from my first pro season. I think I’ve done all right with the opportunities I’ve been
given. I haven’t stood out like I’ve wanted to so I’m going to have to work really hard during the off season
so I can get better.”
Q: To give our fans a better idea
of the type of player you are, who would you compare your game to at the Major League level and why?
A: “I grew up a Braves fan
and Chipper Jones was my favorite player, Mets fans probably don’t want to hear that. Growing up, I played third base
and wore number 10 all through college. I don’t switch hit though, if I could change one thing it would probably be
that. As far as anything else, I like to think I carry myself like him. ”
All Photos taken for this
article were taken by Conroy Walker