Q&A with Jordan Watson

Yesterday I got the opportunity to interview Diamondbacks pitcher Jordan Watson. Watson was drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 MLB draft by the Diamondbacks. Watson is making his first start of the 2017 season, after suffering from Tommy John. He is going to make his rehab start This Friday, August 4th in Rookie ball. I expect great things from Watson as his career moves forward.

Q: Explain what it took to get to where you are now?
A: “It took discipline. I haven’t made all the best choices growing up but one thing I never did was take a repetition off. I was once told that it doesn’t matter if they believe in you, it only matters if you believe in yourself. I’ve always believed in myself and that allows me to never give up.”

Q: Growing up who did you admire the most? And why?

A: “I would probably have to say my younger sister. She had a kid when she was 19 years old, and she straightened her life up and became very ambitious the day she found out she was pregnant. She provides for her son and puts him before herself and I admire that.”

Q: In your opinion what is your best pitch? And why?

A: “My best pitch can be any of my pitches on any day. I base how good each pitch is by the confidence I have in it that day.”

Q: If you could say one thing about your college coach, what would you say?

A: “He gave me a second chance at life. When nobody would give me a second chance, he did. I wouldn’t be playing professional baseball if it wasn’t for him. He held me accountable for my actions but was always there for words of wisdom if I was ever in a hard time. Just a class act.”

Q: What is your pregame routine?

A: “Nothing too crazy. Just like to warm my body up by running a little, and then some plyometrics, after that I use a weighted ball to help loosen my arm up before catch.”

Q: What Motto/Quote do you live by?

A: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t mark hard. In professional baseball everybody is good and the only thing that separates us is health and effort put into your craft.”

Q: If you could give any advice to kids trying to make it to this level, what would you tell them?

A: “The odds are stacked against you but don’t let the odds decide what you want to do. Nothing comes easy, stay the path and embrace the process.”

Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?

A: “Pitching in the World Series at USAO was surreal!”

Q: What is your favorite thing to do if you’re not playing baseball?

A: ” Playing 2k! Nobody wants to catch me on the sticks, I’m a force that can’t be beaten.”

Q: What is your favorite food and drink?

A: “Filet Mignon, mashed potatoes, with asparagus. Off to the side, I’ll have a Modello.”

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Rockies acquire veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy

The Rockies have officially struck a deal to acquire Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network first reported). Texas will get a player to be named later (Note: the PTBNL cannot be a draft pick.)

 

Jonathan Lucroy 

Lucroy, 31, has been connected to the Rockies for the past week, things just started to heat earlier today. Lucroy doesn’t only bring talent behind the plate, but he also brings experience. Lucroy could use a midseason turnaround. Through 306 plate appearances this year, the veteran is hitting just .242/.297/.338 with 4 HRs.

Lucroy won’t put a big dent on the payroll for the Rockies, he is earning just $5.25M on the year, just over $1.8M of which remains. Lucroy is set to reach the open market at the end of this season.

In 2016 Lucroy showed the kind of player he could be, he hit .292 with 24 HRs and had 81 RBIs. Last season Lucroy had a .355 on base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.

Lucroy has hit lefties and righty decent all season, but he has more power against righties and more average against lefties. He hits .254 with 1 HRs and 10 RBI’s against lefties, and he hits .238 with 3 HRs and 17 RBI’s against righties.

Tony Wolters

Wolters, 25, has been the catcher for the Rockies this season. Wolters will most likely still get playing time. Against righties, he is hitting .263, but against lefties, he hits just .209. You could see Wolters get the start against a right-handed pitcher if the situation is right.

On the season Wolters has hit .251/.349/.302 with 8 doubles. In his first two seasons in the MLB Wolters has been very consistence. Last season Wolters hit .259/.327/.395 with 3 HRs