David Paulino

-The K Zone-

November 30th 2016

 

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The other day I was very fortunate to write back and for with the #4 prospect of the  Astros   and #54 out of the entire MLB prospect rankings! Unfortunately the interview was very short due to the language barrier, yes you heard that right, he only speaks Spanish. This did take me about 10 minutes to realize after the fact he read my response but never responded. Then the techie guy I am decided to send the same message using google translate and the little Spanish I know from class to try again. Here is the interview that has been translated from English to Spanish to English back to Spanish and now back to English and edited. Below this is the actual Spanish version! Hope you enjoy!

Mike Duffy: Hi David, I guess you only speak Spanish right?

 

David Paulino: Hi, Yes that is true. How are you?

Mike Duffy: I’m really good!I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions?

David Paulino: Sure, no problem!


Mike Duffy:  How was your Tommy John surgery recovery?

David Paulino: Well the process was very long but thank god it was very successful!

Mike Duffy: You had great statistics this year! What made you so successful?

David Paulino: Well what made me succeed this year, was my how well I did my job and    the way I prepared myself, and also my trust in God which was very
important!

Mike Duffy:  There is a talk that could be Traded… What do you think? Would you be
upset?

David Paulino: I have no problem problem with being traded. I prefer that I would not be traded but for me there will be no problem if it is the will of God.

Mike Duffy: Thanks!


Original interview in Spanish

Mike Duffy: Solo hablas español?

David Paulino: Si, Hola como esta, Claro no hay problema

Mike Duffy: ¿Cómo fue la recuperación de tommy john?

David Paulino: Bueno él proceso fue muy largo pero gracias a dios fue muy exitoso

Mike Duffy: Tuviste grandes estadísticas este año, ¿qué te hizo tener tanto éxito?

David Paulino: Bueno lo que me hizo tener exito este año fue mi trabajo la forma de prepararme, Y confiar en Dios, Que es lo importante

Mike Duffy: Hay una charla que podría ser intercambiado ¿qué te parece?

David Paulino: No hay problema problema con eso no me gustaría ser intercambiado conmigo no habrá problema si es la voluntad De Dios

Mike Duffy: Gracias!

Zach Eflin: Earning a role in the Phillies rotation

-The K Zone-

November 24th 2016

 

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When Phillies starter Vince Velasquez went on the DL an opportunity for  Zach Eflin appeared. After a very rocky first outing Zach seemed to calm down and if you watched him you he looked as if he has been in the majors for a long time. His talent (and a great sinker) lead him to have his first win be a complete game only letting one run score. His passion for baseball and hard work has paid off and with a injury ending his season early people can’t wait to see what he has in store for next season.

 

Zach Eflin: Awesome man, Shoot me some questions brotha!

Mike Duffy: I was wondering… When you go from high school, minor leagues, to the majors, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?

Zach Eflin: Alright so I would say the biggest challenge is accepting and understanding that wherever you are that you deserve to be there.

Mike Duffy: What did you do best this season?

Zach Eflin: I believe I really was able to focus on controlling and dominating a game. I was able to learn so much about sequences and how to keep hitters off balance.

Mike Duffy: When you were drafted was it a difficult decision to make to turn down college?

Zach Eflin: When I was drafted it was a difficult decision to make between college and pro for many reasons. It was my dream to play in the Major Leagues and when I got the opportunity to kick start it I could not pass up.

Mike Duffy: I remember watching  your complete and I was like “wow” what a guy. How did you feel after that? How did you celebrate?

Zach Eflin: When I threw the complete game to get my first win I was obviously overwhelmed with joy. Just a very special way to get my first win. I was able to talk to my family after and really just made sure they knew I wouldn’t be there without them. I did not do any celebrating unfortunately. I was drenched in a Gatorade bath and considered that my celebration.

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Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto you live by?

Zach Eflin: “Walk by faith, not by sight” 2nd Corinthians 5:7 has to be the motto of my life. It’s telling you to trust your instincts to trust your heart And believe that with god the father you do not need vision to have an eternal life.

Mike Duffy: Most important… How’s your leg feeling?

Zach Eflin: Lastly the legs are doing great!! Progressing very well every single day. It is still very early in the rehab process but I feel better than I ever have in my life and cannot wait until spring!

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Mike Duffy: Have a great Thanksgiving and thank you so much for doing this! I can’t wait to watch you succeed even more! Best of luck!

Zach Eflin: Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

Mike Duffy: Thank you so much I really appreciate it!

Zach Eflin: I remember seeing you in the corner by the bullpen in LA! Take care buddy, anytime.

Mike Duffy: Haha thats awesome!

Check out my Interview with Grant Dayton or Ian’s article on what goes into Wins Above Replacement.

 

 

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Ryan Scott: Dodgers to Angels to Mariners

The K Zone

November 22nd 2016

Updated on December 3rd 2017

Ryan Scott

Interviewed By Mike Duffy


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Mike Duffy: I was wondering when you go from high school, minor leagues, to the majors, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?
Ryan Scott: Well when you’re on the field you quickly realize that you’re always playing the same game. The game might get a little quicker and competition might be better but it’s always the same game I’ve played my whole life. I think the biggest challenge is trying to stay within yourself and not try to do more than you’re capable of doing just because of the level you’re at.

Mike Duffy: What did you do best in the 2016 season?

Ryan Scott: What I did best that season in my eyes was my ability to help control the pitching staff I was fortunate enough to work with. As well as controlling the running game as a catcher. I threw out over 50% of base stealers this year and I was very proud of myself for that.

Mike Duffy: What was your favorite memory the 2016 season?

Ryan Scott: My favorite memory from the 2016 season is no doubt winning the pioneer league championship! Such a great accomplishment for my teammates and I and I was psyched we were able to pull out the win!

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Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite team you have played for? Why?
Ryan Scott: Being in the Angels organization it was a blessing and my team I was on this past offseason, the Orem Owlz, was definitely one of my favorites! As well as my high school team my senior year because we won a state championship in AZ in 2013 and I was able to play with all my best friends from school.

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Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite stadium?
Ryan Scott: Favorite stadium I’ve ever been to would probably be Angels Stadium! Grew up a Halos fan and so getting to take a trip to Anaheim to go to a game was awesome! I’ve played in Chase Field in high school so that was a lot of fun too!

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Mike Duffy: What was the hardest thing about changing to catching?
Ryan Scott:  Hardest thing about catching in general, that many young catchers learn, is you have to have the will and drive and you really have to love the position and everything that comes with it. You have to be able to take the hit. You get hit by foul balls about every game so you have to be willing to shake off any pain and not let that affect your game and the way you’re going to control your pitching staff.

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Mike Duffy: What was it like to  win the championship?
Ryan Scott: The championship was amazing! The group of guys we had on our team had so fun this year and it was only right that we came out with the trophy! Getting to have a champagne celebration in the locker room is a feeling that is hard to describe! Definitely best moment I’ve had on a baseball field!

Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite player growing up?

Ryan Scott: My two favorite players were Big Bad Vlad Guerrero and Pudge Rodriguez! Pudge was an inspiration for me as a defensive catcher I pushed myself to be like him!


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Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite hobby besides baseball?

Ryan Scott: My favorite hobby besides baseball is definitely Golfing. All winter in Arizona I have the luxury of golfing with my dad and it’s something I definitely don’t take for granted.


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Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite Movie?

Ryan Scott: My favorite movie is probably “Miracle”. The movie about the 1980 US Olympic hockey team.


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Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite T.V. show?

Ryan Scott: My favorite show is How I Met Your Mother. I’ve seen every episode at least six or seven times and watch it almost every night.


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Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto?

Ryan Scott: I wouldn’t say I necessarily have a motto, but there is a quote by Jackie Robinson (“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives”) that I like to emulate in my daily life.


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Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite part about the Mariners organization?

Ryan Scott: My favorite part about the Mariners organization is definitely the people I’ve met. From coaches to coordinators to front office staff to my teammates, I’ve been very lucky to meet some amazing people. My teammates especially because I get to hang out with them everyday and have made friendships that I’ll remember forever.


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Nolan Jones: Getting the Rockets Hit Down the Line

The K Zone

November 21st 2016

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Interviewed By Mike Duffy


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Mike Duffy: I was wondering when you go from high school, minor leagues, to the majors, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?

Nolan Jones: Personally the biggest challenge for me was being able to have my body prepared to perform everyday. In high school I had plenty of days to rest, where I’m professional baseball I have to bring my best every single day.


Mike Duffy: What did you do best this season?

Nolan Jones: I think the thing I did best this season was learn. I took in all the information my coaches gave me and tried to get better every day.


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Mike Duffy: This offseason whats the major thing your planning to work on?

Nolan Jones: This off season I plan to work in the gym to bigger and faster. I want to prepare my body for a full season.


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Mike Duffy: What was your favorite memory this season?

Nolan Jones: My favorite memory from my high school season was a walk off homer I had in the bottom of the tenth inning against our rival school. I’m professional baseball my favorite memory, was when my buddy Will Benson and I were both slumping and he smashed a long home run to break it.


Mike Duffy: What is your advice to young players?

Nolan Jones: My advise to young players is play multiple sports, and have fun. Weather your a professional or not, baseball will always be a game.


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Mike Duffy:  Hardest thing about being a 3rd baseman?

Nolan Jones: The hardest thing about being a third baseman is reacting to rockets hit down the line.


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Mike Duffy: Besides your hard work who do you dedicate your success to?

Nolan Jones: I dedicate all my success to my parents. Obviously it takes a lot of hard work to get to where I am today, and will continue to take a lot of hard work to keep progressing. But from day 1, none of this would have been possible without my parents.


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Grant Dyer: Next stop Philadelphia

The K Zone

November 7th 2016

Updated on December 9th 2017

Grant Dyer

Interviewed By Mike Duffy


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Mike Duffy: With a good era and whip do you think your a prime example of someone who’s talent is not seen in in wins and losses?

Grant Dyer: Yeah I mean it’s tough for any reliever to be judged on their wins/loss record since they mostly pitch later in the game.


Mike Duffy: What was it like being the first guy from ucla to get drafted?

Grant Dyer: Coming from a school like UCLA we always expect to have a decent amount of guys drafted since they’ve built a strong legacy of baseball at that school. So to be fortunate enough to be the first one drafted from the team was an awesome experience.


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Mike Duffy: Besides your hard work who else do you dedicate your success too?

Grant Dyer: I dedicate any  success I have to my parents and a family friends that have been supportive. I wouldn’t be here without them.


Mike Duffy: What is it like knowing that the team your on is a rebuilding team but the farm is competitive?

Grant Dyer: The Phillies are without a doubt one of the best minor league systems in baseball, if not the best.


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Mike Duffy: How hard is it to earn the saver spot?

Grant Dyer: Any important role required hard work. But to be the closer you have to be mentally tough and competitive every day.


Mike Duffy: What do you have to work on the most this off season?

Grant Dyer: I just need to get stronger and mature as a pitcher.


Mike Duffy: One word to describe the lakewood  blue claws? Williamsport cross cutters?

Grant Dyer: Blueclaws: competitive and Crosscutters: fun


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite stadium to play at?

Grant Dyer: I love playing at home in Lakewood. The field/fans are the best!


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Mike Duffy: What was your favorite team growing up?

Grant Dyer: I grew up an angels fan, but now I’m all out Phillies fan.


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Mike Duffy: Who is your favorite batter to face?

Grant Dyer: I love facing any hitter that I personally know or have played with before. It adds a little extra edge.


Mike Duffy: I was wondering  when you go from high school to college to the minor leagues, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?

Grant Dyer: Each level comes with more responsibility, so learning how to handle that can be a challenge at times. In college it was dealing with school during the day and baseball in the early mornings/afternoons/weekends, and keeping your grades up too. In pro ball it’s dealing with more freedom and learning how to take care of yourself to stay healthy and mentally focused for a 142 game season.


Mike Duffy: What is your favorite hobby besides baseball?

Grant Dyer: Hobbies would be mostly surfing and fishing.


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Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?

Grant Dyer: My favorite player is Mariano Rivera. As a relief pitcher there’s nobody better to look up to.


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Mike Duffy: Goals for this offseason?

Grant Dyer: Goal for this offseason is to just get as strong as possible, so when my arm is healthy again I’ll be able to hit the ground running and get my career back on track.


Mike Duffy: What is your favorite Movie?

Grant Dyer: My favorite movie is Forrest Gump.


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Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?

Grant Dyer: I have a few sayings that I like to keep fresh in my head all the time, especially during any hard times.


Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?

Grant Dyer: I knew I wanted to play pro ball as soon as I went to a game for the first time, I was 4 years old and just started playing T-ball. Been my dream/goal ever since.


Mike Duffy: What is your favorite baseball memory?

Grant Dyer: My favorite baseball memory is a tie between a few…winning the Pac12 championship in college, getting drafted by the Phillies in 2016, and clinching playoffs in my first pro ball season.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite Song?

Grant Dyer: My favorite song has to be Heart of Gold by Neil young.


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Cord Sandberg: Baseball Vs. Football

The K Zone

November 6th 2016

Cord Sandberg

Interviewed By Mike Duffy


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Mike Duffy: Being a talented player in two sports what was it that made you pick baseball?

Cord Sandberg: I loved both football and baseball but the Phillies gave me a great opportunity to reach a goal of mine of playing in the major leagues so it was an easy decision to start my pro baseball career.


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Mike Duffy: What did you do differently in the second half of this season to add power to your bat?

Cord Sandberg: Honestly I didn’t really change anything and I haven’t reached my  full potential for power or average so I hope to makes strides towards that next year.


Mike Duffy: What is the number one thing you need to work on this often?

Cord Sandberg: Hitting, hitting, and hitting. I have to be able to hit for power and average to make it to the major leagues.


Mike Duffy: What is your goal for what year your planing to reach the big stage?

Cord Sandberg: Well as soon as possible but if I reach the major leagues in 2018 that would be a dream come true.


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Mike Duffy: Besides your hard work who else do you dedicate your success to?

Cord Sandberg: Any success I have in this life is due to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. He is the reason I play the game and gave me the talent so I’m just trying to do my best to shine through Him. – Proverbs 3:5-6


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Mike Duffy: What emotions did you go through before/during/after you got drafted?

Cord Sandberg: Just thankful, blessed, excited. So many emotions.


Mike Duffy: What was it like being in the all star game and being recognized for your talent?

Cord Sandberg: Being in the all star game was a great experience. What an honor to represent the Phillies and play with a bunch of great players.

 


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite park to play in?

Cord Sandberg: So far the coolest park I have played in has been in Greensboro North Carolina. Great crowd and nice backdrop.


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Mike Duffy: Who are your Role models?

Cord Sandberg: Tim tebow and drew brees and Ben zobrist. All men of faith with unbelievable talent!


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Mike Duffy: Besides baseball what’s your favorite hobby?

Cord Sandberg: Hobby- golf.


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Mike Duffy: Is there anyone in the Majors right now who comes to mind when you think of being supportive of you when they played on your team?

Cord Sandberg: Tommy Joseph and Aaron Altherr are some guys that I enjoyed playing with.


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Mike Duffy: Message to young players?

Cord Sandberg: To young players I would say stay confident. Whatever happens stay focused and confident and believe in your skills.


Mike Duffy: In a organization that is rebuilding but with a lot of farm talent what position do you think that puts you in?

Cord Sandberg: I’m in a great organization to play in and I feel if I reach my full potential I will be a major leaguer for years to come. I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store for me in the future!


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Luke Persico- UCL-A’s

The K Zone

November 5th 2016

Revised on August 30th 2017

Luke Persico

Interviewed By Mike Duffy


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Luke Persico young and hungry for the game of baseball. He is from Southern California and attended UCLA for 3 years until he was drafted in 2016 as the 352nd pick by the Oakland Athletics. Coming from a great season at UCLA, Luke started his career a little shaky but towards the end, he brought back the fire he had shown the Pac12 . Read about how this Pro handled his first few months in the minor leagues.


Mike Duffy: Was Short-Season Class A NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE harder or easier then when playing at UCLA?

Luke Persico: I think the Penn League was definitely a step above playing at UCLA. Pitchers consistently through in the 90s and some relievers even sat in the high 90s so the overall talent was better for sure. 


Mike Duffy: How did you motivate yourself to get out of the slump you had in August 2016? In the offseason what was the number one thing you worked on? 

Luke Persico: I tried my best to take it one pitch at a time and slow the game down. I think I was pressing a little too much and not having enough fun so once I figured that out it helped. My main focus is too get stronger and more physical but I’m also working on fine tuning my swing.


Mike Duffy: Being pick number 352 in the draft make you work harder this season to show them the talent we know you have from watching you play at UCLA?

Luke Persico: My goal is to go out and work my hardest every day. I will work towards my goal of becoming a big leaguer and play this game until they take the jersey off of my back.


Mike Duffy: Best Stadium you’ve played in?  

Luke Persico: Either dodger stadium or chase field.


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Mike Duffy: What was your favorite team growing up?

Luke Persico:  The Yankees.


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Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite player growing up?Luke Persico: My favorite player growing up was Derek Jeter.


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Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite hobby besides baseball?
Luke Persico: I like to play video games and going to the beach.


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Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite movie and tv show?
Luke Persico: My favorite Tv show is probably the Office or How I Met Your Mother.


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Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite part about the Athletics organization?

Luke Persico: My favorite thing about them is how they treat everyone the same and give everyone a fair shot no matter the round they were picked in!


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Eric Filia; From pick 597 to North West league MVP

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November 4th 2016

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Eric Filia aka the Collage Champ winner in 2013 with UCLA had some troubles in collage which ultimately got him kicked out of UCLA, but as we know seconded chances turn out could make the difference of making the Majors or not. Eric took that second chance his coach at UCLA gave him and blew everyone away. His seconded chance also blew away the scouts and he got drafted. He made his opportunity mean something like many of the Major Leaguers who get second chances after a PED or awful Major League performances. Heres this years recap with Eric Filia.

 

From being draft pick 597 this year to North West league MVP what does that mean to you? 

Eric Filia: Well being MVP is always a great thing but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, coaching staff, nor the community of Everett of making me so comfortable playing the game I love, I would trade my MVP to have a ring any day of the week but the team as a whole and myself it was a big learning step and can’t wait to get back out there and compete.

When you started playing in the minors how hard was the transition for you from college ball? Was Short-Season Class A harder or easier then when playing at UCLA? 

Eric Filia: The transition was hard at first but it was my teammates and coach staff that believed in me and had trust in me and my capabilities, that I brought to the team and just gave myself more confidence as the season went long. I wouldn’t say it was easier then Ucla cause if you’re playing in the PAC-12 you earned the right to play there and playing in the pros it’s the same thing. You earned the right to be blessed to have the opportunity to play professionally

Besides your hard work who do you dedicate your success to? Why? 

Eric Filia: I dedicate my success to my brothers, I’m trying to be a big influence and role model to them to see that it is possible to put your mind and hard work to something you love and achieve and as long as we all just go out there, have fun, stay within ourselves, and don’t take this game for granted the possibilities are endless.

This season you were able to get a glimpse of AAA… What was it like? Did it feel different then anything you’ve done before? 

Eric Filia: I have to say AAA was a great treat and great experience, I learned a lot from the guys up there and how they handled themselves. But again it’s the same game and as long as you compete I believe I felt like I belonged.

What’s your favorite memory of 2016? 

Eric Filia: My favorite memory of 2016 was the relationships I built with my teammates and how even though off the field we were all great friends, on the field we did our job and competed each and every day. That’s what makes it fun for me is my friends and teammates coming to the field every day and competing to win a ball game.

Favorite pitcher to face? 

Eric Filia: My favorite pitcher to face had to be, 2 guys come in mind, Pat Murphy who played for Vancouver, he had great stuff and threw all his pitches for strikes and competed every time he went out there. Secondly, Dylan cease who pitched for the Eugene emeralds, cubs #6 prospect who has probably the best stuff, great fastball, 97-101 and curveball plus a change up, we competed against each other and we both got each other. Very great competitor and bright future for him.

Best Stadium? 

Eric Filia: Best stadium had to be Vancouver, had about 6 to 7000 people in the stands, hecklers and all but that makes the game fun. When you can compete on the field but also the fans who go against you and prove them wrong but it’s all in fun and I love fans and love to interact with them.

What did you think of the World Series? 

Eric Filia: The World Series is a prime example of never giving up and trusting one another and their roles that they bring to the team to help win. Game 7 really showed that everyone gave their all on the field and left their heart out. I love this game and seeing grown men have the same passion I do is very fulfilling and I really hope one day I can have that experience and succeed just like the Indians and cubs did. Very fun and humbled to watch. 

MD: Thank you so much and I really appreciate you doing this! I’m glad I got you before  you become a huge star! Thanks!

Eric Filia:  Hahah I hope that’s good and not too long man. Thanks for doing this. Great  man! Hope you have a good night!

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Trevor Oaks- Blessed with Success

-The K Zone-

November 3rd 2016

Updated on July 13th 2017

Trevor Oaks

Interviewed by Mike Duffy

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In 2016 Trevor Oaks had arguably his best season, where he never pitched less than five innings in a game, he had three 8 inning games, one complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts and 3-Hits. He is also ranked in MLB Pipeline’s top 30 dodger prospects this year! His talent and respect are something to lookout for in the years to come! Hope you enjoy my interview with Dodger Prospect Trevor Oaks.


Mike Duffy: Going 14-3 this year what worked so well with your delivery of your pitches?

Trevor Oaks: A lot of my success this year had to do with sticking to what I do well. A lot of baseball trends are starting to go towards high velocity and nasty strikeout stuff. While that’s definitely valuable and helpful, (stuff that I want too) I just tried to go out there and get quick ground balls using my sinker/cutter combo. If I can get my team in a position to win after 6 innings, I’ve done my job. But my separator is how efficient I can be and how many innings can I accumulate in the season



Mike Duffy: As a pitcher in a dominant rookie pitcher organization how hard is it to fight for an everyday spot to start?

Trevor Oaks: It’s definitely challenging to not think about at times- Looking back at this past season, I was just trying to focus on each start, each pitch at a time. I can’t worry about what other guys are doing. I’m gonna go out there and compete and do my best. Obviously I’d love to play for the Dodgers and contribute to their success someday, but I also understand there’s 29 other teams that may need a starter that can go 6-7 innings. I’m that guy and I want to do that for a club next season



Mike Duffy: What is your number one goal your going to focus on in the offseason?

Trevor Oaks: This offseason I’m primarily focusing on improving my stuff. I want a better, more consistent change up. I’m also thinking about adding a splitter so I can try to get that strikeout pitch. But ultimately I want to fine tune my command. I can throw a lot of strikes and I keep it down for the most part. But I really want to put the ball where I want and consistently keep the ball at the shins or below.



Mike Duffy: Besides baseball what’s your favorite hobby?

Trevor Oaks: I love messing around on the piano and I love spending time with people I care about. I’ve been volunteering at CBU (California Baptist University)  as a pitching coach, so it’s awesome to have the opportunity to invest into younger guys and help them develop and improve in order to fulfill their dreams. It’s still baseball, but I look at it as using what I can to help other people. That’s my hobby!


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Mike Duffy: Besides your hard work who else do you dedicate your success to?

Trevor Oaks: God deserves all the credit. My career and success all go to him and he directs my path. He has put a lot of great mentors in my life to guide me and help me along the way. From a mental standpoint, my college coach, Gary Adcock, instilled a lot of good mindsets and philosophies that I have changed my whole career. My grandpa, Ade Moss, is also another mentor that continually helps me in all aspects of my life. And of course my parents. They have always done their best and supported me!



Mike Duffy: Which batter has been the biggest challenge for you?

Trevor Oaks: Danny Volgebach had my number pretty good. But you could say that for just about everyone on our pitching staff. That guy absolutely rakes. I had a tough time with the rangers affiliates. They seem to like big lefties, and if my changeup isn’t on that day, I have a tough time throwing to Joey Gallo and guys like that



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Mike Duffy: Is there anyone in the Majors right now who comes to mind when you think of being supportive of you?

Trevor Oaks: I haven’t gotten a ton of opportunities to talk to a lot of big league guys. But Brock Stewart has been a good friend since we got drafted together in 14. Ross Stripling is another great friend and teammate. He’s helped me out a lot and accepted me when I was adjusting to the new environment. Howie Kendrick talked to me when he was rehabbing in Rancho. Super nice guy and had a lot of good baseball knowledge. You definitely try to pick at their brains and try to soak up anything you can.


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Mike Duffy: Who is the biggest leader on your team?

Trevor Oaks: Biggest Leader for me was Charlie Culberson. He had an interesting leadership style. He isn’t afraid of talking and saying what he thinks. But he normally chose to lead by example. He just plays the game the way it should be played. Very professional and personable guy. He was kind and accepting of everyone, and genuinely cared for his teammates. Can’t say good enough things about the guy!


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Mike Duffy: What changed in Puig’s attitude when you were down in OKC that made him perform better?

Trevor Oaks: I was very observant of Puig. The media always portrays people and puts different spins on situations. I wanted to see what he was really like. I found Puig to be a very passionate player and enjoyable to be around. There were some ways where he was still maturing and adjusting to American Baseball, but I thought he handled that situation very well. He worked hard, went in the cage early before most of the guys got to the field, and hit a ton of balls in the cage. He worked hard and I was very impressed by the way he handled the situation. The fans were brutal to him, and maybe some of that he brought on himself. But you gotta give the guy some credit for manning up and making the changes he needed to.


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Mike Duffy: Do you consider yourself a leader on and off the field?

Trevor Oaks: I want to be a leader and I think I have the capacity to do that. But I think at this point in my career, I’m in a position of learning and following the examples of other guys who have been playing for a while. My role is to be a sponge and soak up as much as I can while I’m here and have great teammates to learn from.


Mike Duffy: What is your number one goal for the team in the second half of the season?

Trevor Oaks: I think our primary goal is to contribute to the big league team and help them win a World Series. Our secondary goal is to get in the playoffs and win a PCL championship.


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Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite player?

Trevor Oaks: I didn’t really have a favorite player growing up. I always liked watching Kershaw when he was just coming on to the scene.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite baseball memory?  

Trevor Oaks: My favorite baseball memory would be winning the Cal League championship, or this year when I hit a home run and threw 7 innings against the Baby Cakes.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite stadium?

Trevor Oaks: My favorite Stadium I’ve played in the Minors would be either the Dayton Dragons or in Tulsa. Good atmosphere, great playing surface!


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Mike Duffy: Growing up what team was your favorite?

Trevor Oaks: My favorite team was a toss up between the Angels and the Dodgers. I would always watch Angel games because the stadium was closer to my house. But I started liking the Dodgers when I was 12 and it was a dream come true to be drafted by them.


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Mike Duffy: What are your favorite movies and tv shows?

Trevor Oaks: My favorite movie is tough! I’d say Gladiator or Braveheart. Favorite TV show is between Game of Thrones and The Office.


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Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to be a professional ball

player?

Trevor Oaks: When I was playing ball at Biola University, I was starting to get some interest from scouts. I wouldn’t allow myself to seriously consider it until I knew there was a chance.


Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite part of the Dodgers organization?

Trevor Oaks: My favorite part of the Dodgers organization is their coaching staff. They have done such a good job of placing good people in coaching positions. It’s been a blessing to get to know all the staff, top to bottom. It really shows that they care about developing good players and people!


 

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Outtakes…


Mike Duffy What did you think about the World Series game?

Trevor Oaks: One of the best World Series I’ve seen! Congrats to the Cubs organization! Lots of hard work goes into that. It’s a long season and I tip my cap to those guys. Hopefully the Dodgers can do that next season!


Mike Duffy: Thank you for doing this!  Maybe some day I’ll interview you in person when your pitching for the Dodgers on the big stage! Thanks again and have a great night!

Trevor Oaks: Yeah no problem! Glad I could help! Good luck




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