NYF: You went to High School in Texas?
NYF: What was it like being a very good High School baseball player in a state where football is the number one sport?
Scobie: It's good for baseball too.
NYF: Did you ever feel any extra pressure to get noticed because you were playing the number two sport?
Scobie: Nah, I got plenty of exposure and my school didn't even have a good football team.
NYF: Did you play any other High School sports?
NYF: Any good?
Scobie: Yea, First Team all District.
NYF: Did you think about playing college basketball?
Scobie: Nah, I'm White. I can't jump.
NYF: Why did you choose to go to LSU?
Scobie: Because I thought they had a good chance to win a national championship.
NYF: Were there any other colleges in the running?
Scobie: Texas A&M, but they were going through a coaching change and they were having a tough time. My first visit to LSU was to be my last. I fell in love with it.
NYF: Did you play any other positions?
Scobie: I was a shortstop. I hit .391 my first year.
NYF: What made you become a pitcher?
Scobie: I was both pitcher and shortstop and towards the end of the year my arm would get tired so my coach wanted me to focus on pitching.
NYF: Did you want to be a pitcher?
Scobie: I liked hitting. I told the coach I wanted to do both.
NYF: Were you disappointed at all?
Scobie: No, you get to sit and relax when you're not pitching.
NYF: How many times were you drafted?
NYF: Did you have any idea as to what round you'd be drafted in?
Scobie: Some people were saying anywhere from the 5th to 10th round. On draft day one of my friends called me and told me I was drafted in the 14th round and then two minutes later the Mets called me. I was pretty excited.
NYF: You didn't follow the draft?
Scobie: It wasn't that big a deal to me. I figured if I didn't get drafted I'd sign as a free agent.
NYF: Who were the first three teams to draft you?
Scobie: Arizona twice and then the Twins.
NYF: How did you feel about being drafted by the Mets?
Scobie: I knew they drafted a lot of pitchers. I think 2/3 of their picks were pitchers. So I knew there'd be a lot of competition.
NYF: Last year you pitched at all three levels. You never really had a chance to get settled. Did that affect your performance?
Scobie: Not really. I think the biggest jump was from AA to AAA. More experienced hitters. Everyone says the biggest jump is A to AA. I disagree. Experienced hitters, guys that have been in the big leagues, guys that are patient at the plate. They don't swing at bad pitches.
NYF: Is patient hitters the biggest difference between AA and AAA?
NYF: Were you at all disappointed at having to start 2004 back in AA?
Scobie: Nah, I got a bunch of buddies down here so it wasn't a big deal. I just want to come down here throw good, and maybe get on the 40 man roster next year.
NYF: Last year, at Binghamton, your ERA was 4.14. This year it's under 3. What's changed?
Scobie: Nothing really. My arm is healthy. Last year I had some arm problems that I had to battle through. I'm throwing my curveball for strikes more.
NYF: How do you work on command?
NYF: What's that?
Scobie: Throwing from flat ground to raised ground.
NYF: Do you see yourself as a major league reliever or starter?
Scobie: Probably a reliever. Long reliever or a spot starter.
NYF: What's the status of your wrist?
Scobie: It's all better. The tendonitis is cleared up.
NYF: Are you going to start before the break?
Scobie: I'm starting on Sunday.
NYF: Because you're a couple years older than the other starters, do you assume more of a leadership role?
Scobie: Yeah, sometimes I'll ask the other guys why they pitched a certain pitch in a certain situation. We had Bobby Ojeda as our coach last year and he emphasized the mental part of the game and I learned a lot from him. The other guys didn't have that. When they throw a changeup I'll tell them to follow it with a fastball. If they throw a changeup and then come back with another offspeed pitch, that's where I'll help them out. I'm somewhat of a teacher I guess.
NYF: What's the one part of your game that still needs the most work?
Scobie: Command. I've walked more than I'd like. Every pitcher wants better command.
NYF: Is there anything specific you do before you start a game?
Scobie: The night before I visualize a lot. I visualize my Curveball going for strikes. I visualize my fastball hitting the corners. Then five minutes before I got to the mound I do it again.
NYF: If you don't have good command can you step off the mound, visualize, and regain your command?
Scobie: Nah, if you don't have it that day you just got to hopes it come back on its own later in the inning.
NYF: What are you doing for the All-Star Break?
Scobie: I'll sit and play Play Station all day.