What goals did you have for yourself during summer ball play?
"Mostly finding ways to help the team, stealing bases, using my speed to my advantage, basically finding ways to get on whether it be walks, bunting, hits, power. I also wanted to have a good workout regiment and stay with that throughout the summer. That is really what I was trying to focus on."
Do you feel like you accomplished what you were working on?
"Definitely. I worked on some things. Found out what to do and what not to do. Got bigger, faster, stronger. And hopefully, that will pay off this season."
You have a great eye at the plate, almost too good because sometimes the umps would call you out on strikes that I'm sure you thought were balls. Did you try to work on that during the summer?
"That was a big thing with me because sometimes I'm a little too picky with the strikezone. But that is something that I tried to work on, fouling pitches off, taking pitches that I can't really hit in play well, and try to find a way to foul them off."
You played at Bethesda, Maryland. That is a high caliber summer league. How did it help you playing in that type league?
"Yeah, it was a high caliber league. The pitching was definitely really good. We had a really good field to play on and a really good fanbase to play in front of. It was a really good experience."
Why did the State coaches choose that league for you?
"The coaches are trying to improve every player. That is why they send you to better leagues. You get to play better competition. Plus, the lady that we stayed with, they've sent multiple players there before. So, they know they could trust her, trust the league and trust the coaches."
What are you trying to achieve this fall?
"Basically, I want to prove myself as a higher caliber player. I want to prove that I can play in the SEC at a higher caliber this year. I want to prove myself in a standout role on this team, and help us win a national championship."