Prospect Pulse: Haerther Excited to Join Jays

Cody Haerther talked with InsideTheDome on Monday about joining the Blue Jays organization. Find out what Haerther thinks of the move, what the Blue Jays told him about his role for 2008, and more.

InsideTheDome: What was your first reaction when you first heard you were a Blue Jays

Cody Haerther: I was very excited. It was a little weird getting a phone call from the Cardinals telling me I was claimed off waivers, but it was an exciting time for me. I get a chance to begin fresh with a new organization and the most important part is that I know the Toronto Blue Jays wanted me, and they have me in their plans for next year, and I certainly plan on proving them right.

InsideTheDome: What is the strongest aspect of your game right now?

Cody Haerther: Hitting would definitely be the strongest part. I consider myself a high average hitter and also a hitter with power. I had 18 a few years ago. My power numbers were down this year, but I feel that was because of wrist surgery, and I'm confident the power numbers will increase in '08.

InsideTheDome: What aspect of your game are you looking to improve on this off-season and heading into spring training?

Cody Haerther: I've been working hard on my defense. I was originally drafted as a third baseman but was then moved to the outfield, so that is a new area for me right now.

InsideTheDome: Do you think you can play third base still?

Cody Haerther: It has been a while since I've played it, but I feel I can go back there and be comfortable again with repetitions. Right now I'm just looking to get on the field and showcase my talent. Whether that means the outfield or the infield, I'm ready to go.

InsideTheDome: Have you been contacted by a member of the front office?

Cody Haerther: Alex Anthopoulos [Assistant General Manager[ contacted me to welcome me to the organization. He was very complimentary, and was looking forward to meeting me in person during spring training. He told me I'll be fighting for a spot in their Triple-A outfield.

InsideTheDome: You struggled hitting left-handed pitching in Double-A. Do you think there's a specific reason for that?

Cody Haerther: I hit lefties well my entire career, until I got to Double-A. When I first got to Double-A I was turned into a platoon player. I sat against lefties and that continued every year because I had the same manager, but given the opportunity to face left-handers on a consistent basis, I'm confident I will perform well.

InsideTheDome: What's your outlook for spring training and 2008?

Cody Haerther: Being that I'm with a new organization, I plan on going in and opening their eyes to the caliber of player I am. My goal is to work and play hard and when the opportunity arises and they need a body in the big leagues, I hope they call on me.

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\r\n \r\n \r\n\r\nInsideTheDome: What was your first reaction when you first heard you were a Blue Jays

\r\n\r\n Cody Haerther: I was very excited. It was a little weird getting a phone call from the Cardinals telling me I was claimed off waivers, but it was an exciting time for me. I get a chance to begin fresh with a new organization and the most important part is that I know the Toronto Blue Jays wanted me, and they have me in their plans for next year, and I certainly plan on proving them right.

\r\n\r\nInsideTheDome: What is the strongest aspect of your game right now?

\r\n\r\n Cody Haerther: Hitting would definitely be the strongest part. I consider myself a high average hitter and also a hitter with power. I had 18 a few years ago. My power numbers were down this year, but I feel that was because of wrist surgery, and I'm confident the power numbers will increase in '08.

\r\n\r\nInsideTheDome: What aspect of your game are you looking to improve on this off-season and heading into spring training?

\r\n\r\n Cody Haerther: I've been working hard on my defense. I was originally drafted as a third baseman but was then moved to the outfield, so that is a new area for me right now.

\r\n\r\nInsideTheDome: Do you think you can play third base still?

\r\n\r\n Cody Haerther: It has been a while since I've played it, but I feel I can go back there and be comfortable again with repetitions. Right now I'm just looking to get on the field and showcase my talent. Whether that means the outfield or the infield, I'm ready to go.

\r\n\r\nInsideTheDome: Have you been contacted by a member of the front office?

\r\n\r\n Cody Haerther: Alex Anthopoulos [Assistant General Manager[ contacted me to welcome me to the organization. He was very complimentary, and was looking forward to meeting me in person during spring training. He told me I'll be fighting for a spot in their Triple-A outfield.

\r\n\r\nInsideTheDome: You struggled hitting left-handed pitching in Double-A. Do you think there's a specific reason for that?

\r\n\r\n Cody Haerther: I hit lefties well my entire career, until I got to Double-A. When I first got to Double-A I was turned into a platoon player. I sat against lefties and that continued every year because I had the same manager, but given the opportunity to face left-handers on a consistent basis, I'm confident I will perform well.

\r\n\r\nInsideTheDome: What's your outlook for spring training and 2008?

\r\n\r\n Cody Haerther: Being that I'm with a new organization, I plan on going in and opening their eyes to the caliber of player I am. 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