DH – I am excited for this opportunity. A chance to get on the field with players like that will be a thrill. This game is a great way to show tools and abilities, and I hope I play well. I look forward to the chance to play in a big league park ... and on TV. But most of all, I'm excited for the game.
GVB – Last year you were Gulf Coast League Player of the Year, looking back were you pleased with what you accomplished.
DH – First of all I thank God for being in this position, because it allows me to work hard and accomplish all the dreams and goals that I set for last year. I'm very proud that my family and friends in my county, saw that I accomplished all those goals.
GVB – You have played most of your games at second base. Are you strictly a second baseman?
DH – I signed as a shortstop, but since I've been here in United States I think the Pirates have a better understanding that I'm going to be a five tool, six tool player at second base and I feel more comfortable now that I know I'm playing just one position and being able to develop the skills that I need and to improve every day.
GVB – Looking at your numbers, for a middle infielder there is a little pop there, you have gap to gap power?
DH – That's a great tool to have as a second baseman. I've seen other players that have developed that skill, I'm a gap to gap hitter and able to make solid contact. One of the things I wanted to accomplish was just stay humble and stay gap to gap and I have developed that tool to hit more home runs maybe than other second basemen.
GVB – How do you feel about the defensive part of your game?
DH – I feel solid, I still have to improve and work very hard every day to continue to be better. That's something that I don't take for granted and I'm very happy and pleased the way things went last year, but I understand that I need to continue to work hard.
GVB – In the Instructional League, what were some of the things they had you working on?
DH – One of the things they had me working on was turning the double play, because at the beginning of the year I had a little problem with the pivot and now I feel more comfortable just by acquiring all the knowledge that was provided to me in the Instructional League.