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?
Ivan Naccarata: I like Emmanuel Garcia because he’s so young and he’s still
trying to learn the game, but he’s still doing a good job. He tries to get better and learn something new about the
game everyday too, so his dedication is definitely there. As far as things he has to work on, even guys at the big league
level have things they have to work on, so I think Emmanuel will be fine in time.
Q: Which pitcher do you think has the highest big league upside and why?
Naccarata: Right now, I’d probably say Tobi Stoner has the most potential on the pitching
staff, he has great stuff. I love the way he handles himself in bad situations; he always comes back strong and gets the job
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?
Naccarata: A lot of guys don’t get the credit they deserve on this team, a lot; but I don’t
think there is anyone in particular that stands out the most as far as a sleeper is concerned.
Q: Heading into the 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?
Naccarata: I have to work on my hitting and defense a little bit and just get more consistent overall.
Also, on defense, I have to learn to trust my feet and my hands and have to learn to attack the ball, instead of waiting for
it to come to me, which means a lot of time in the gym and on the field this offseason.
Q: What would you say is your biggest strength as a ball player? What do you bring
to the field and to your team?
Naccarata: My attitude. I bring that toughness that’s needed to win.
Q: What did you think of your season this year? How do you think it went for you?
Naccarata: It was a pretty good season considering the fact I started out at Kingsport and then went to St.Lucie, to eventually come back here. It
definitely put me through some wear and tear, but I think overall, I played pretty well.
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?
Naccarata: A lot of scouts used to say that I looked like Mike Mordecai when he was playing with
Montreal, but I get compared a lot to guys
that hustle, like David Eckstein. Those are the kind of players I try and model myself after, guys that don’t quit.