Chatting with Lance Lynn

Senior Minor League writer Dustin Mattison chats with our Cardinal Nation Minor League Pitcher of the Year Lance Lynn.

Though it may be the off-season, things have not been quiet for pitcher Lance Lynn. Just last week, he was named the Cardinal Nation Minor League Pitcher of the Year as well as receiving the St. Louis Cardinals organizational award of the same.

During the 2009 season, Lynn posted a record of 11-4 with a 2.85 ERA while pitching over three levels. In 148 combined innings, the former Ole Miss Rebel struck out 124 while walking 57.

Recently, Lance was kind enough to take time out of his off-season to discuss his season as well as a little football.

Dustin Mattison: First off, congratulations on being named the Cardinals Pitcher of the Year.

Lance Lynn: Thank you for this honor.

DM: You pitched 148 innings this season, how is your body, especially your arm and shoulder, feel?

LL: Everything feels great, I am starting to get back into my workout routine and getting my body ready to go for spring training. I will not start throwing until December but right now my arm feels good.

DM: How disappointing was it not to get to participate in the Arizona Fall League? Was the decision based on the number of innings you pitched in 2009?

LL: It was disappointing because it would have been a great opportunity to play in such a good league, but it just came down to having thrown so many innings this season. We decided the better decision was not to go, and rest my arm.

DM: Give me a scouting report on Lance Lynn.

LL: I throw a two and four seam fastball, a curveball, slider and change-up. The change is something I have developed over this past year.

DM: Has there been anything that has really surprised you since turning professional?

LL: No, nothing has really surprised me because all of my older buddies playing had told me what it was all about. I had an idea going into pro ball on what to expect, and have enjoyed it a lot.

DM: What was your first playoff start like?

LL: It was very exciting, I was excited to be pitching in the playoffs. However, I ended the game disappointed because I didn't throw as well as I had wanted to.

DM: Tell me about your Memphis start. How did you find out you were moving up? How different was it pitching against the Triple-A hitters compared to those in Double-A?

LL: I found out from Pop (Springfield manager Ron Warner) that I was going to Memphis for a start, two days before I left. I really had to focus on hitting my spots because those hitters were putting good swings on any mistake I made. There was not that big of a difference overall, though.

DM: What are you working on this winter?

LL: This off-season I am going to work on developing command of all my pitches and sharpening my off speed pitches.

DM: What are your goals for 2010?

LL: To do everything I can to give myself the best opportunity to pitch in St. Louis at some point.

DM: Have you had a chance to talk with Scott Bittle? What did you tell him about being a Cardinal?

LL: Yes, Scott and I talk a lot. I told him how great the organization is and how helpful the people are in developing you as a player.

DM: One of my favorite minor league parks is Hammons Field. What's it like to get to play your home games there?

LL: It is a great experience. The park is beautiful and the fans are very supportive.

DM: If I were not a baseball player, I would be…..

LL: I would be a high school math teacher and coach.

DM: After being highly ranked in the preseason, the Ole Miss Rebels are now 6-3 on the season. What happened to the Mississippi football team?

LL: I think they might have been feeling the pressure of being ranked so high, also they lost some great players in the draft and they are still trying to find pieces to fill those spots.

DM: Last question. What should Cardinals fans know about you that they probably don't already know?

In between the lines I am a very competitive and motivated person. Outside of baseball I am very easy going and relaxed. Most of the time I hang with friends and play golf.

Once again, I would like to congratulate Lance on his fantastic 2009 season and being named the Cardinal Nation and organizational Pitcher of the Year. Also, I would like to thank him for taking the time for doing this piece.

Note: To follow our entire series of Players of the Year at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, click here.

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