Tyler Watson; How I Met My New Team

The K Zone

August 31st 2017

Tyler Watson

Interviewed By Mike Duffy

 


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

Tyler Watson: The biggest obstacle even moving one level to the next is to understand that you got there for a reason and changing anything will not help. Be yourself.


Mike Duffy: What is your favorite thing about being a Twin?

Tyler Watson: I’ve met a lot of great teammates so far being a Twin.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite hobby besides baseball?

Tyler Watson: I love to read, I guess the best thing I can do while playing baseball is try to educate myself anyway I can.


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

Tyler Watson: I will always be a Big Papi fan.


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Mike Duffy: What was your favorite team growing up?

Tyler Watson: My dad is from Boston so I grew up a Red Sox fan.


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Mike Duffy: Goals for this season?

Tyler Watson: This season I just want to learn from my mistakes and my successes. Never forget what got you there and never forget what didn’t work.


Mike Duffy: What is your favorite stadium?

Tyler Watson: My favorite stadium is probably Chase field because I grew up there!


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite movie? What is your favorite tv show? 

Tyler Watson: My favorite movie is it’s a wonderful life! My favorite show is how I met your mother! 


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

Tyler Watson: Lord we know what we are but know not what we may be.


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

Tyler Watson: I’ve always wanted to be a professional baseball player from day one.


Mike Duffy: What do you enjoy most about staying with host families during the season?

Tyler Watson: Staying with host families have given me connections and experiences that I’m extremely thankful for.  


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Mike Duffy: For a shout out to your old teammates lol! What do you miss most about your time in the nationals organization?

Tyler Watson: Wow haha I think about my boys all the time. Still hasn’t sunk in that I won’t see them very often anymore but I’m so thankful that my best friend Blake Perkins lives in Arizona so I can still see him!


 

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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite thing about being a pitcher? Hardest thing about pitching? When did you start getting good at it?

Tyler Watson: I love being a pitcher because it’s so strategic, hardest thing about pitching and almost anything is not letting your head get in the way even though it’s a mental craft. I started getting good my senior year of high school once I realized I wasn’t as good as I thought I was!


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Player Q&A’s


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Scott Braun – MLB Broadcaster


Yankees


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Estevan Florial


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Devyn Bolasky


Dodgers


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Tim Loncastro


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Mitchell Hansen 


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Gavin Lux


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Hunter Speer


Nationals


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Jackson Rutledge


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Jared Johnson


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Philip Caulfield


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Andruw Monasterio


Phillies


 

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Rhys Hoskins


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Zach Eflin


 


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Scott Kingery


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Kevin Gowdy


 

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Grant Dyer


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Trevor Bettencourt


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Luke Leftwich


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Kyle Young


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Darick Hall


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Dominic Pipkin


Angels


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Jahmai Jones


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Ryan Scott


Astros


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Ray Henderson


Athletics


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Austin Beck  (Round 1-Pick 6)


Blue Jays


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David Paulino


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Andrew Sopko


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Corey Copping 


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Brandon Polizzi


Indians


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Nolan Jones


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Will Benson


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Lenny Torres Jr.


Brewers


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Corbin Burnes


Mariners


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Brandon Brennan


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Eric Filia


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Logan Gilbert 


 

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Sam Carlson (Round 2-Pick 55)


Marlins


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James Nelson


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Shane Sawczak


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Trevor Rodgers (Round 1-Pick 13)


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Sean Reynolds


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Brandon Miller


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Tristan Pompey


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Billy Fleming 


Orioles


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Tyler Erwin


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Franciso Jimenez


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Yelin Rodriquez


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Zach Pop 


Padres


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Jacob Nix


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Dylan Coleman


Rangers


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Jonathan Hernandez 


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Kole Enright


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Brendon Davis


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Joe Palumbo


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Chad Smith


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Bubba Thompson (Round 1-Pick 26) 


Twins


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Ian Miller 


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Chase Dejong


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Tyler Watson


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Alex Robles 


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Benjamin Rodriguez 


Diamondbacks


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Jon Duplantier


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Ryan Dobson 


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Dan Swain 


Rays


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Robbie Tenerowicz


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Drew Strotman


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Mikey York


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Nick Schnell


Cardinals


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Johan Oviedo


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Ryan Helsley


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Jim Haley


Braves


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Grant Dayton


Royals


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Trevor Oaks


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Tyler Zuber


Mets


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Pat Biondi


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Gavin Garay


Giants


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Kevin Pillar


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Sean Hjelle


White Sox


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Ryan Burr


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Caleb Frare


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Luis Curbelo Jr. 


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Steele Walker


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Casey Schroeder


Retired/Released


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Ty Kelly


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Cord Sandberg


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Ryan Miller


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Joel Toribio


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Tyler Adkison


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Pat Light


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Imani Abdullah


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Sam Tidaback


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Luke Persico


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Chris Powell


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Luis Perez 


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Eric Filia; From pick 597 to North West league MVP

-The K Zone-

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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