Angels Prospect Interview: Marcus Gwyn

It has been a good season for Marcus Gwyn. The right-handed reliever has secured the back end of the Salt Lake bullpen, converted each of his 10 save opportunities. It took some time for the Oklahoma native to make it to this place.

It started with a changing of his mindset. He was an anxious pitcher that would let the little things excite him. Now, he stays on an even-keel and has been rewarded.

Gwyn is 1-0 with a 1.95 ERA over his first 30 appearances, holding the opposition to a .185 average with runners in scoring position.

What has been the key to your success this year?

Marcus Gwyn: Just getting ahead of the hitters and trying to execute my pitches. I am trying to just stay relaxed out there.

When did you learn that pitching would be your calling growing up?

Marcus Gwyn: I learned pitching would be my thing probably in the eighth ground when I tried out for football and the head coach of football was the baseball coach at my high school. He told me to quit football and play baseball so I figured it out pretty quick.

You have pitched extremely well with runners on base - how does your approach change when runners reach base?

Marcus Gwyn: If someone gets on I am usually thinking, ‘get the double play.' I keep the ball down and I am not thinking about striking everyone out like I sometimes felt like I had to before. Not trying to do too much and trying to get them out on their own.

You have always had a couple saves each season but have never really been in the closer's role for the whole year but lately it seems you are that guy.

Marcus Gwyn: When things are going well I don't think there is any more pressure than any other time. As long as you are going out and doing your job everyday – relaxing and doing what you are supposed the pressure really isn't there.

Your walks are down this year from a year ago - is it a particular pitch that you have better command of that has resulted in more strikes?

Marcus Gwyn: The fastball to both sides of the plate and working ahead. If you get ahead, you tend not to walk anybody. That is what I am trying not to do.

Your wife works as a physical therapist - have you been able to draw on her knowledge to stay healthy?

Marcus Gwyn: She works with me every night when I come home from the game. She asks me if I want my arm worked on or rubbed. She just wants to help out and I think it is does help. I have stayed out of the training room as much as I can that way.

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