2004 Statistics: 8-0, 3.03 ERA, 38.2 IP, 49 SO, 27 BB, 5 SV
How was your off-season?
I took the summer off to rest my arm. My shoulder has been bothering me, but I have done a lot of rehab work. I have not thrown as much as I usually do. Fall was a bit rough for me because it took a while to get my mechanics right. At the end of the fall I started to get my stuff together.
How have things gone since returning in January?
I have been feeling real good. My speed is getting back up there. I am starting to get back to my old style of pitching. I have been switching little things with J.D. Arteaga.
Looking back, what are your thoughts on your freshman season a year ago?
Last year was a dream come true. I wasn't really expected to go anywhere and to play at Miami was great. I started to get more experience throughout the year and things just kept getting better and better. It was an amazing year and it is one of those things that I will look back on as being one of the best times of my life. We didn't win it all, which was a bummer. But this year I think we have a real good team.
How has your mentality changed heading into the 2005 season?
The only thing that has changed is that I have had more experience. I still have the same mentality in pitching. I take it one pitch at a time and I go after people. I want to be aggressive and try to be fearless out there.
As of now, what is your role this s season?
I see myself as the closer. That is what they have told me and I am going to work hard at it. At first I thought I wanted to be a starter and last year was the first year I have closed. I have never had so much fun in my life being a closer to let it go just for one inning
What is the overall feel with this year's team?
We are out here to win a championship. We have real strong pitching this year with guys returning and some guys that didn't get to pitch much. Chris Perez is a guy that is doing great.
Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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