SHANKS: Could you have been happier with the way you pitched in spring training?
CORMIER: You could always be happier. You can always do better than how you've done. But the results I've gotten have been good. That's what I wanted. You don't want to be greedy, but you can always do better. Things can always be a lot worse.
SHANKS: Did you feel like you had to come in here and make this type of impression?
CORMIER: Yeah you always do. That's the outlook you should have, no matter if you're a one year rookie or coming to a new team. But especially coming to a new team, you want to prove to everybody, your teammates, the coaches, the staff, that you can pitch.
SHANKS: Do you think you've done that?
CORMIER: Yeah I think I've come out here and I've competed. I've had some innings where I've done okay, and I've had some innings where some guys have made some great plays. I've had some innings where I've struggled. Just a lot of everything. But I think I've shown that I can give the team a chance to win if he puts me out there. That's all you can do.
SHANKS: Bobby Cox has been raving about your curveball.
CORMIER: It's coming. It's a feel pitch, so it's one of the last ones to come. It's getting where it needs to be. I feel good. Especially with a new team you've got to come in ready, not to get ready. Yeah if you've got a couple of years in you can come here and get ready, but for a new guy you've got to be ready to prove to win a spot.
SHANKS: With all the stuff that's happened with Boyer and McBride and Foster, they've got to be happy they were able to acquire you and Oscar Villarreal?
CORMIER: Yeah I think that trade helped out both teams. The Braves needed some bullpen help, and the Diamondbacks needed that catcher. Both teams fit perfectly for each other. The Diamondbacks had a lot of young arms, so they could get rid of two and still feel like they had enough. I think it was a good trade for both teams. It's always good to get a fresh start somewhere. There can't be a better place than this place right now.
SHANKS: Do you think this bullpen has great chemistry so far?
CORMIER: Ah. The first day I got here, that mini-camp, it was instant team chemistry. I guess that's why this team wins and why they have won what they've won. You fit in the day you get here, no matter who you are. You can ask every new guy in here, Oscar, Edgar (Renteria), Matt (Diaz). It a system that you buy into, and you can see it when you get here immediately. You just fit in. It's a good feeling, especially when you know they believe you can help the team. Everybody wants to win here.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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