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Greg Mullens Q & A
 
By Patrick Hickey Jr.

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Mullen pitched well in two starts this season

The Kingsport Mets best pitcher last season, Greg Mullens got a cup of coffee with the Cyclones last season, going 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in two starts. Perhaps the next young pitcher to cement his name with other big names to come out of Brooklyn the past few seasons like Scott Kazmir and Brian Bannister, Mullens sat down for a Q & A session and talked about his game.

 

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?

 

Greg Mullens: I played with Emmanuel Garcia all last season at Kingsport and he brings a lot to the table, but his speed and glove really stick out the most. I think he’ll eventually find his swing and become a really good player. He’s young and has good range, but he makes errors from time to time. Don’t get me wrong, he’s sound defensively, but he’ll get better in time. His swing will come around too.

 

Q: Which pitcher do you think has the highest big league upside and why?

 

Mullens: I think Jake Ruckle has the most potential because he can do so much with that changeup of his. Working off of that he can be very successful. Obviously, his delivery helps create deception, but that doesn’t take anything away from how good his changeup is.

 

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?

 

Mullens: I like Ivan Naccarata. I played with him in Kingsport and Extended Spring Training a little bit and that guy can hit. When he comes up to the plate, he’s very dangerous. Plus, he’s very solid on defense and can play second and third, but I think it’s his bat that stands out the most.

 

Q: This offseason, 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?

 

Mullens: I think I have to work on my changeup. Seeing the success that guys like Brown and Ruckle have had with it has opened my eyes and made me understand that I have to develop it more in order to stay successful.

 

Q: What would you say is your biggest strength as a ball player?  What do you bring to the field and to your team?

 

Mullens: Being consistent in the zone with my sinker. I throw my sinker a lot and just try and pound it in the zone and try and get a lot of contact with it and get a lot of ground ball outs.

 

Q: What did you think of your season last year?  How do you think it went for you?

 

Mullens: It was my first professional season and I was Kingsport pitcher of the year, I was 7-2, so I think it was a good year, but I still know I have plenty of room for improvement.

 

Q: Tells us about your repertoire.  What kind of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?  What is your strikeout pitch?  Which pitch needs the most work?  Is there a pitch you'd like to develop?

 

Mullens: I throw primarily sinking fastballs with my curveball and changeup, but I’m trying to be more consistent with my breaking ball and my curveball. I can throw my fastball and changeup for strikes and use them in all situations. I really don’t have a strikeout pitch, I just try and use my sinker to induce contact and get ground ball outs.

 

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?

 

Mullens: Roy Halladay. Obviously he throws about five miles-per-hour harder than me, but he has a nasty sinker and we work very similarly on the mound. He pounds the zone with that hard sinker, looks for contact and has a great changeup in his pocket. I like Roy Halladay a lot and I try my best my mold myself after him.

All photographs taken for this article were taken by Conroy Walker

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