Q&A with Scott Hyde

Scott Hyde sat down in the Cyclones clubhouse with NYFansonly.com in between the day night doubleheader played on July 14th. In part two of our two part series on Scott Hyde, he tells us more about his college experience, talks about his stuff as a pitcher, and how he became so good so fast.

NYF: 14-1 this season at George Fox University...Do you remember your only loss?

Scott Hyde: Oh boy [smiling] you bet I do. It was against Linfield and I almost would have rather lost to the worst team in our conference than to lose to them. They were our biggest rival team, and I really would have liked to have that win for my team. I just went out and was not real focused, and I think I got a little too cocky, and the game humbled me. I went out and tried to do something special. I tried to overthrow, tried to snap too much stuff. I didn't locate too well, and in the end I paid the price for it giving up five runs in seven innings.

NYF: We talked before about your 3 World Series game earlier, but just to expand a little on that final game. On May 28th you started pitching a complete game victory, two days later you pitched two innings of relief, and the following day you started throwing 140 pitches in 9 innings in winning the championship for your team. I want to talk to you a little about that June 1st game, the final game. You started off giving up 3 runs in the first 3 innings and then settled down and retired 18 of the next 20 hitters with 10 strikeouts. Was the bad start due to your previous heavy workload, and it just took a while to get going?

Scott Hyde: Well I have a tendency in the beginning of games to not be real focused and a lot of times I try to overthrow as a result of that. I missed my spots, and that is what happened in that situation. However, after the third inning I went back to the dugout and just said to myself 'enough of this', and I just settled down, focused on my pitching, and said 'I will just pitch, rather than just throw the ball.'

NYF: You feature two breaking balls, a curve and a slider. Many would say your curve is better. Which one do you think it is better, and can you talk about your change-up a little bit?

Scott Hyde: I would say it depends on the situation. When it is a strikeout situation and I am ahead of the count, like 1-2 or 2-2, I would probably go with my slider for the out pitch. I mostly use my curve ball to just get ahead in the count. It is ironic because most people like my curve ball as you said, but I think my slider more. In college I kind of fell in love with my curve, and I knew whenever I was in a tough situation I could have thrown that couple of times, and the hitter would be out. At this level though from what I have seen, I must locate my fastball a lot better than I did in college. I have to prove to hitters that I can throw my curve early in the count and then get them to chase my slider later. I also think my change-up will be huge. Everyone demands that you have a change-up, an off-speed pitch, and that is something I have been working on, and developing. I think now it is a pitch that I have confidence in to throw in a game, and be effective with it. It is still a little inconsistent at times, but for the most part I am starting to get a pretty good feel for the pitch.

NYF: We talked earlier about how you began pitching in high school and how you developed so fast into a solid pitcher. Can you talk a little about your transition from a position player to a pitcher?

Scott Hyde: I was just blessed with a smooth transition. I really don't know what it was. It just seemed to come somewhat easy for me. I mean, I still had to work hard and all, but everything just came so natural for me. My style and body was perfect for pitching and it just worked out that way.

NYF: Who would you credit for your development as a baseball player the most?

Scott Hyde: Absolutely Pat Bailey [coach at George Fox University]. I went there and he did a lot for me. As you mentioned before to me when you talked to him he mentioned I became good because of 'maturation' but I just think it was being a product of the system. I really think mechanical wise, he created me to what I am today. I give him the majority of the credit.

NYF: You have been here about a week. How much work have you done with Hector [Hector Berrios, Cyclones pitching coach] and Rick Waits[Mets minor league pitching coordinator] who I have seen here?

Scott Hyde: I have talked to Hector a lot actually and we have worked together a whole bunch of times since I came here. They got on my pretty quick, him and Rick Waits. They together got me thinking about lots of things so far. As you go up the next level you got to rise as a pitcher. I was raw when I went to George Fox as far as George Fox standards, and now I think I am raw coming to the Brooklyn Cyclones in terms of their standards and the organization standards. When they see me they see a pitcher that has a lot to prove, not necessarily stats wise but just a lot of little mechanical things as far as learning how to pitch effectively. Just little things like positioning on the rubber, just little things here and there they want me to change so I can be more effective as a pitcher. They are some super nice guys and they actually go out of their way to try and make you feel as comfortable as you can.

NYF: What would you say is your most memorable moment?

Scott Hyde: Definitely that last World Series game we talked about earlier. I threw that last pitch of the game and then just threw my glove up in the air and saw my teammates running towards me with nothing but smiles on their faces. It was a great feeling and something I will never forget.

NYF: You grew up in a very small Oregon town. How do you feel being a small town boy in New York City?

Scott Hyde: I went from a small town where I grew up, to a smaller town in college and now boom I am in New York City. The first night here I flew into Newark and when they were driving me here, we drove through Times Square, and I was just looking at the window, my eyes just huge, and I could not believe what I was seeing[smiling and laughing] I am seeing TRL studios and all this kind of stuff. It's been a good experience in terms of transition to baseball here. I just have to earn my spot here, you have to earn your respect of what people think of you. As you come in you learn as you go, and you learn by watching. I think I am now getting comfortable to understand how the system works, where your suppose to be, what your suppose to do and how the etiquette of things work. It's a difference and now at this level you have to treat it as a job, because it is your job.

NYF: You spent about 10 days here and just got into a game Saturday. What were you doing before you got into a game?

Scott Hyde: Just been working out, throwing on the side, doing some long tossing and just trying to get my arm back in shape. I am now trying to get my location back and a feel for my curve and change-up. Just get all that stuff back. I took a month off and it is amazing how you can lose feel for those pitches.

NYF: What things would you credit the most as for as your development as a pitcher?

Scott Hyde: Over the last 2-3 years I have just gotten bigger, I have gained weight-about 40 pounds or so and I have gotten taller. I am starting to throw the ball harder now. If you hear people talking about pitching, they talk about location, location, location but you look at the pros and the radar gun...those guys just throw hard. It doesn't hurt if you can throw hard so adding a couple miles on my fastball did help, and also just a bigger understanding of the game. Thinking about situations, the count and what I want to throw, setting up hitters, and stuff like that. I mean I still have a long way to go with that stuff, but I think I am getting to be more comfortable with myself. Just getting bigger and stronger, and also just understand what I am doing, and what I want to be doing more.

NYF: Your thoughts on entering professional baseball?

Scott Hyde: I'm just so excited about it. It has just been fun watching these guys. We are sitting here now in the clubhouse, and sitting next to guys from Miami, Florida State, Oklahoma and just powerhouse school. These are the kind of schools I watched in the College World Series and now we are on the same team. It seems like a great clubhouse. It is real fun and exciting to be a part of this.

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