Q & A: Brett Evert
InsidethePark.com: For Mariners and Rainiers fans that may not be familiar Brett Evert what would you like them to know about you as a person and as a pitcher?
Brett Evert: Just a little bit of my background, obviously. I grew up in Salem, Oregon just three hours or so down the road, so obviously I grew up a Mariner fan so I'm real excited to be here. I didn't think out of all the teams that are out there I least expected to come to the Seattle organization. As far as me as a pitcher, my style is to attack hitters, throw strikes, throw it in the middle of the plate and let it move and let the hitter's get themselves out. I throw a fastball, curveball, split, change, and like I said, I just throw the ball over the plate and try to let the hitter get himself out, so I throw a lot of strikes.
ITP: You mentioned you're from the Northwest originally, what does it feel like to come back to this part of the country to play professional baseball?
BE: Like I said I'm excited. I got a lot of family here in Yakima, Olympia, and all my immediate family is from Oregon so I'm close to home. (I have) a lot of relatives a lot of friends, family have the opportunity to come out and watch me play, which is nice because its been five years since I've played a game out here, so I'm kind of interested to see how that is, to see if the ball carries more out here or if it doesn't. I don't really know what to expect.
ITP: After spending parts of the past three seasons in Double-A what has the transition to Triple-A ball been like for you this season?
BE: It's been different. With the Braves when I was up in Triple-A I didn't have a role. I came (to the team) and I had a week off when I first got there, then they said I was going to start so I started. I made two starts then went on the DL for a week, then I came back and I throw out of the bullpen, then I started again. So I had a couple good (outings) and a couple of bad ones as far as performances went, but I fit in. Obviously I would say that I belong here (in Triple-A ball), but it has been a different kind of transition. It hasn't been hard, but maybe unexpected.
ITP: You spent nearly six seasons with the Braves organization. What was that experience like for you?
BE: It was good. They treat their players well. They're a high class organization. They expect a lot out of everybody, not just their top prospects or anything like that. They have a lot of rules they expect you to follow and I think that's what makes them good. They're obviously one of the best organizations around, but it's definitely hard to move up with them. It seems they always want veteran experienced guys in the big leagues and unless you can force your way in with outstanding numbers or something like that then it's definitely tough to break through with them. I think at this point in time with them it was obvious that a change had to be made as far as me getting an opportunity to go somewhere else, and I'm excited (to receive that opportunity).
ITP: The Braves are an organization known for their pitchers. How do they treat their pitchers?
BE: That's an easy question. In the Braves organization (pitching) is number one, pitching is first. No questions about it. Spring training like major league camp everything is based around the pitchers, "alright this guy has got to throw today, we'll make sure he gets his work in and then the hitters can do what they got to do". It's like they want to know what time the pitchers are stretching so the hitters can stretch after them. You know everything is about the pitchers. If the pitchers need to use the field it's theirs, everything has to do with the pitchers. I guess Smoltz, Glavine Maddux and all those guys set a standard that pitching is number one.
ITP: Has coach Rohn told you what role you may be playing with the team for the remainder of the season?
BE: He said "you're starting now", and obviously there is not much time left in the season so I'm sure there idea is to just get me into a few games here and see what kind of pitcher they got.
ITP: A.J. Zapp is another guy who has come over from the Braves organization. Has he made you feel welcome here?
BE: It's always nice to see a familiar face. I played with A.J. in 2002, and in some spring training and stuff like that so it makes the transition easier, but everybody here is nice. Everybody came up and introduced themselves and they seem like a real nice group of guys and it makes it easy to fit in for sure.
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