From scouting reports, Komatsu sounds a lot like current Cardinals centerfielder Jon Jay. With an emphasis on collecting more athletic players as witnessed by last year's amateur draft, the Cardinals bringing a player like Komatsu into the fold should not be much of a surprise.
In 2010, the Cal State Fullerton product was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .323/.413/.442 with five home runs and 28 stolen bases. In high school, he was a teammate of current Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young.
Komatsu recently took time out of his offseason schedule to answer a few questions.
Dustin Mattison: What were you doing when you found out the Cardinals had selected you in the Rule 5 draft?
Erik Komatsu: I was sleeping and woke up to my phone buzzing on the table next to my bed at about 715 am.
DM: Has anyone from the Cardinals made contact with you?
EK: I got a call from the front office that day and was welcomed to the organization.
DM: Did you have any forewarning that you might be selected?
EK: I had no clue I was going to be picked since there is so much talent out there and limited picks but thankful I was picked.
DM: Give me a scouting report on yourself.
EK: My game basically is being hardnosed and setting the table for the big guys to drive me in. I play all three outfield spots although I feel best in centerfield. I get on base, run, go first-to-third and I have the ability to poke one out of the yard every once in awhile.
EK: I'm excited to have the chance of working with a legend and such great veteran hitters so I can learn as much as I can from them.
DM: What do you know about the Cardinals organization?
EK: I know the Cardinals are a great organization and I actually played for the Cardinals scout team in high school and it is cool to be part of a team with so much history.
DM: During 2011, you were traded during the season. How difficult was it to change organizations during the season?
EK: Getting traded was a shock. One day you're with the guys you've played with for years then you go to a team where you don't know anyone so there's an adjustment period.
DM: How are you spending your offseason?
EK: I was battling through an injury that I had been dealing with all year that was diagnosed in spring training (stress fracture in the ball of my foot). It was tough but I got through it. Now, I'm healthy and currently training. Right now, I am getting my body into shape for the upcoming season and honing my skills to get better each day.
DM: Tell me something about yourself that Cardinal fans should know.
EK: I love music and making music (hip hop mainly). I've recently picked up making instrumentals and its pretty complex but fun.
© 2011 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com and stlcardinals.scout.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.