Through 12 starts this season, Atkins is 5-3 with a 2.24 ERA, having won three of his last four starts.
Q: You've had quite a bit of early success so far in your career. What do you think has helped you most as you've started to work your way through the system?
A: I think it's really helped me to have a good coaching staff all the way around, from rookie ball on through to Daytona. Getting to where I can throw all of my pitches for strikes is the biggest thing that has helped me.
Q: What have you worked on improving most this season?
A: My changeup. The changeup is one of the more difficult pitches to learn how to throw and to have the confidence to throw it in any count just like you would a fastball. That's probably the biggest thing.
Q: What's the biggest part of your game that you need to improve on to move up through the system?
A: The biggest thing is just being able to command all of my pitches; being able to throw any pitch for a strike in any situation and having the confidence to do it.
Q: What part of your game are you most confident with right now?
A: I'm confident in my (entire) game. I know that I've got enough stuff to go out and get a win every time I take the ball. If I do everything right, I have a good chance to get a win.
Q: Are you expecting the jump to Double-A after the break?
A: That's not my decision. If I stay here, I'll keep doing the best I can and everything will be fine. Whatever happens will happen, and I've been with Jody (Davis) and Rich Bombard the last two years now. They're a great team.