Exclusive Interview – Batavia Closer Josh Dew

The first in our series of exclusive interviews with Batavia's 2007 New York-Penn League All-Stars is with the Muckdogs' closer, Josh Dew.

Pitcher Josh Dew was the St. Louis Cardinals organization's 14th round selection in the June 2007 First Year Player Draft. The Alabama native played collegiate ball for Troy University where he was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year before signing with the Cards after the completion of his senior year. Dew went undrafted as a junior.

In his initial action as a professional, the 6-foot-5, 225 pound right-hander has logged ten saves of the Muckdogs' 20 wins this season, even after missing ten days due to injury.

Dew was taken out of game action following his August 1 outing, his 15th as a professional, due to elbow discomfort, but was not placed on the disabled list. Dew threw fastballs before the game last Wednesday and was allowed to use his whole repertoire on Thursday, carefully icing down his elbow after each session.

The 22-year-old returned to game action on Saturday right on schedule, nailing down the final out via a strikeout to collect his tenth save in the Muckdogs' win over the Vermont Lake Monsters.

Overall this season, Dew has struck out 20 batters while walking just three in 17 innings pitched and registering a 2.65 ERA. Opposing hitters are averaging just .177 against him.

In this exclusive interview, carried out while he was icing down his elbow with a timer by his side, Josh Dew talks about the honor of being selected as a New York-Penn League All-Star, his game, hopes for the future and much more.


Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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