Spruill ready for next level
Here is the text of the interview:
Bill Shanks: Zeke how's has it been going so far?
Zeke Spruill: Pretty good. Been fun. Practicing with the older squad.
Shanks: Lets look back on last year a little bit. What do you think about your performance that season?
Spruill: Could have been better. Could have stayed out of a little more trouble. As far as the first full season it was everything I expected it to be and a little more.
Shanks: You got off to such a fast start. Was it to fast to soon?
Spruill: I wouldn't say it was to fast to soon I just didn't really focus. Towards the middle of the season I kind of lost a lot of focus and just didn't make the pitching I needed to.
Shanks: Was that just immaturity or just part of the learning process?
Spruill: I just think it was part of the learning process.
Shanks: What about the development of your pitches. How did you feel like you got better last year.
Spruill: I felt like I was able to command my fastball more. I didn't used to throw 4-seam and I started working that in more. So now I have 2 fastballs I can throw. I was able to work on my changeup a lot during the season and now I am able to throw it for the most part when I want to.
Shanks: When your learning more about the difference in the fastballs is that difficult the learn when to throw what?
Spruill: I try to keep in simple. Throw one to one side of the plate and the other to the other side of the plate. And depending on the count.
Shanks: Does that kind of help the other pitches you have to be able to throw the fastball at different times?
Spruill: Yeah it will defiantly help to be able to throw 2 different fastballs in any count.
Shanks: I think you mentioned changeup. Is that something you want to continue to work on?
Spruill: Yeah. In my opinion if I want to continue to be a starter I need to have a solid 3rd pitch and that would be a changeup for me. If I want to continue to have success I am going to need it.
Shanks: Is their anything tough about that? When your trying to learn to perfect that? Or is it that just a feel pitch. That the more you throw it the better its going be?
Spruill: I think its just a feel pitch. I've never thrown one before so just getting used to it and getting us to the grip. Having to throw it more often, throwing it in counts I would normally throw a fastball. Here in spring training I am trying to throw a lot more changeups then I would sliders, working it in where I would throw fastballs.
Shanks: Myrtle Beach. What's the thought of it going there? If that's where you go.
Spruill: If that's where they send me I am really looking forward to it.
Shanks: That's known as a pitchers league isn't it, so a maybe an opportunity to put good numbers up
Spruill: I hope so.
Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WFSM Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, Georgia and The Braves Show Talk Show. Shanks writes a weekly column for The Macon Telegraph. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/billshanks.
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