Q&A: Richard Lewis

The following is a Q & A with second baseman Richard Lewis conducted on Wednesday by Inside The Ivy Contributing Editor Scott Sabin. One day after the interview, Lewis learned that he was being sent to extended spring training for the time being.

Lewis was struggling in his first full season at Triple-A. The 2001 first round draft pick by Atlanta was hitting .195 in 39 games with the Iowa Cubs and had batted in seven different slots in the batting order in an attempt to get his groove back.

Q: Describe what your season has been like as a member of the I-Cubs.

A: It has been a combination of things. Everybody got off to a cold start. We are starting to pick it up lately I think. Hopefully, it will start going in the right direction and things will turn around real soon. It hasn't gone very well. I just have to keep playing every day.

Q: Has it been the result of striking out a lot or just hitting the ball right at somebody's glove?

A: I have gone through both of that. I hit the ball hard for a certain period and then I went through a period where I was striking out a lot. I'm battling to find some kind of consistency.

Q: How soon do you think you can get out of this slump?

A: I think I can turn it around any day now.

Q: Where would you like to fit in within the organization a year from now?

A: I'm not trying to project anything right now. I'm just trying to get out of this little rut that I'm currently in and move forward from there.

Q: What was it like when you were traded from the Atlanta Braves last year?

A: It took me by surprise. It didn't take me long to adjust. You want to get a shot with any major league team; it doesn't matter where.

Q: If you had to describe yourself, what does Richard Lewis bring to the field every day?

A: Nothing spectacular. I just do a little bit of everything. I would have to say defense is the best part of my game.

Q: Has your self esteem been affected by the early season struggles this year?

A: No, my confidence is still fairly high considering everything so far.

Q: How is your leg after undergoing offseason surgery?

A: I was still rehabbing through most of Spring Training. It's getting close to 100 percent. It's pretty close.

Lewis batted .329 with 47 extra base hits and 59 RBI at Double-A West Tenn in 2004 to win Southern League MVP honors.

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