In 2011, Jose Macias has split his season between the New York-Penn League and the Midwest League. Currently with the Burlington Bees, Macias has a 5.93 ERA in seven Midwest League starts, although that number jumped considerably after his last start with Burlington, during which he allowed eight runs in 1.2 innings. Prior to that start, Macias had allowed two earned runs or less in four of six starts.
Macias also spent time with short-season Vermont and pitched well for the Lake Monsters, posting a 3.27 ERA in four starts. For the season, he has a 42:15 K:BB ratio in 52.1 innings split between the two levels.
Donald Moore spoke with the Bronx native briefly while Macias was still with Vermont.
Donald Moore: Hi Jose, what are your goals for this season?
Jose Macias: I want to try to help this team wherever I am - either Class A or Rookie, whichever way I can and do my best out there in the field. My goal is to make it as far as I can. Everyday I wake up, I try to do my best and move up every level as soon as possible.
DM:Is there is one person that taught you the most, in learning the game of baseball?
JM: Well, I would say my parents. They always helped me in when it came to baseball. Every decision I made they always had my back, especially with anything to do with baseball.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
JM: The Mets.
DM: Favorite player?
JM: Omar Visquel.
DM: Craziest thing you ever saw on a baseball diamond?
JM: Someone running around naked.
DM: Five years from now, where would you like to be?
JM: I think the bigs. Yup.
DM: Thank you so much and best of luck to you, Jose.