Offseason Q&A with Corey Ragsdale

InsidePitchMagazine.com caught up with Corey Ragsdale at minicamp for an offseason Q&A session to talk about his game, what areas he is looking to improve, what his goals are for next season, who has impressed him the most among the Mets' prospects, and more. <b>(Free Preview of Premium Content)</b>.

You've worked on your offense quite a bit over the last few seasons. How do you feel your progression is coming along?

We're taking it day by day, but it's going pretty good. Actually, I'm planning on coming down to St. Lucie this year pretty early in spring training camp to get started on that this year. I'm looking forward to it.

Do you feel like you've made any strides offensively, and if so, in which particular area?

Mostly, it's going to be my contact [hitting]. I'll hit for a little power, but making more contact is important. I think it's finding one approach and sticking with that approach, and not going out and having a new approach or a new stance every day. I'd like to find something and stick with it, and then I think the hits will come. We're getting there. I made some strides toward the end of the year last year, and things started flowing a little bit.

Do you keep any statistical goals for yourself? A particular number you'd like to reach this season?

Oh, everyone wants to hit over .300. I think the main thing is that the average will come and the hits will come if I can just cut the strikeouts down. That's the main thing I want, is to cut those down. Everything comes following that.

We know about your defense, which has been very solid. Offensively, where do you think you can take your game? How would you project yourself in MLB terms?

I don't know about that. I'm not a guy who hits a lot of home runs - I had seven last year in the Florida State League, which isn't bad by any means. I can hit the gaps for doubles and extra base hits, stuff like that, and when I get on I'm going to run the bases a little bit. I try to do everything. I haven't been wowing anyone with the bat, so I kind of have to do everything I can try and make up for it.

Where do you see yourself starting the year?

I hope I make the Binghamton club. If not and something happens, I'll probably be back in St. Lucie, but I hope I make it to Binghamton and hopefully put together a pretty good season.

You've been in the system for a few years. Is there one guy in system who sticks out offensively as a top dog with a high ceiling?

Maybe Shawn Bowman. I think he's going to be a stud for a pretty good while if he can put it all together. He can do everything. First off, he plays third base just about as well as anyone I've ever seen. He's pretty good and he can run. He hits for power, has a big stick, and he's got a lot of tools to work with.

Is there one thing in particular you think Bowman needs to work the most on?

He's young. He'll get some things as he gets more experience and he'll learn the game more, stuff like that. Give him more at-bats and the stuff will come.

Is there one pitcher you think has a real good chance to make it?

Well, I think when I played with Matt Lindstrom last year, he was solid. His other stuff is coming along and if he can develop that other stuff while throwing 97 or 98 [MPH], that's a good start for him right there.

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