How much did this summer playing for the North Shore Navigators help you coming into this season?
Playing for such an elite summer league was very important for me as a pitcher. I played with several Division I players who not only pushed me to perform at a high level, but were able to help me with several aspects of my game along the way. Being able to have the success I had throughout the summer at such a high level of competition has given me the confidence I needed in order to pitch to the best of my best ability this season here at Clark.
What are some of the things you do the day you are scheduled to pitch that help you focus?
I like to stay relaxed as much as possible the day of a start. I am not the guy to put his headphones in and not talk to anyone. I like to keep the guys relaxed but focused as well. But once I leave the locker room and head down to the field, I get pretty serious. I usually then put my head phones in and visualize different aspects of the game.
When you first arrived at Clark, you played in the infield. What do you miss most about that?
I think I miss hitting the most. I never pitched before college so hitting was something I always loved doing.
The Clark baseball team is filled with underclassmen. What are some of the things you have done in terms of leadership this season?
I think one of the biggest things we have done with such a young class, is making everyone feel as if they are all seniors. Our team does not just end when practice or games end. We have team lifts throughout the week and other team activities on the weekend that have really brought us together as a unit.
You have two strikes on a batter – what is going through your head as you prepare for the next pitch?
It really depends on the batter at the plate. Our coaches do a terrific job gathering a scouting report on every player on the opposing team. So depending on the batter, I will usually either decide to blow it by him with a fastball or maybe snap a curveball off in the dirt to get him chasing.
What is the most played song on your iPod?
Any song by Mike Stud
What was the last thing you googled?
I continuously read Eric Cressey's blog and website for anything that might help me perform better.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a professional hockey player.
What was the last app that you downloaded?
Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
David Portnoy of Boston Barstool Sports
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What Game Show Would You Most like to be on?
Price is Right