You didn't play summer ball this past summer. What were you trying to do, get 100% healthy?
"Yes sir, I had a little nerve surgery on my elbow and did rehab the entire summer."
How are you doing now?
"It is pretty much 100% now. I'm still doing a little rehab throwing-wise but it is pretty much ok now."
You came in last year highly-thought of and had a solid year. But it probably wasn't exactly what you wanted to be. Do you feel like you are closer to that type player that people think you can be?
"You can't be what people always want you to be. You have to do your own thing. I just want to help the team win. If that means that I have to play anywhere on the field, then that is what I will do. I have been working, trying to learn every position possible and be the best at whatever I'm trying to do. I feel like I'm a little more experienced than last year and have a better idea of what is going on."
You mentioned that you want to learn as many positions as possible. What positions are you referring to?
"Third base, first base and outfield are what I have been doing so far."
What outfield positions are you working at?
"The corner outfield positions."
What has it been like for you to play in the outfield, which is a new position for you?
"I actually like being in the outfield. And I feel pretty comfortable out there."
Did the coaches suggest playing in the outfield? I would assume they want to get you on the field and that is another way that they can do that.
"It was kind of mutual. I told them that I want to play. And we have a lot of guys coming in who are great ballplayers and we just have to find a spot for everybody to get on the field."
What kind of player do you hope Mississippi State fans see during the fall scrimmages? Do you expect to be more of a power hitter this fall?
"I'm really not worried about the power. I just want to help us win. If that means having 90 RBIs and 2 home runs, then I would love that. As long as we are scoring runs that is good. Hitting for average is good and hitting home runs is good."
You have been through one fall. How easier is this fall compared to last fall?
"It is never easy because they keep you busy. They have workouts that are tough. It is easier as far as knowing what you have to do as far as balancing your school work and your baseball. But that is about the only way that it is easier."