Q&A with Blake McGinley

A left-handed reliever who relies on his control and mixing up pitches, Blake McGinley is in big league camp with the Mets vying for a spot on the 25-man roster. <P> However, with a glut of southpaws joining him in the competition, McGinley could be tagged to begin the year at Triple-A. He discussed his situation recently with Inside Pitch's Bryan Hoch. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

At the end of last season, it was beginning to look like you would get a shot with the Mets, and all of a sudden there's a lot of competition now. What's your thought process going into the spring training schedule?

I'm just going to try to do the best I can do. There's a lot of competition, you're right, and I don't know if they're going to give me a chance [to make the team] or not. I just try to do the best I can every time I get out on the mound, and hopefully I'll open up some eyes and do what I can.

Did you believe you were going to get a shot at the bullpen this year?

I thought I was. You just never know what they're going to do here. It's New York, and I don't think they want to throw young guys in there that much. I'll wait my turn, I guess.

Are you still happy to be in big league camp with the Mets, knowing that you might not make the club?

Oh yeah, I'm really happy to be here. Whenever you can get with all these guys, you get to learn a lot just by being with them. I try to pick up what I can.

What have been some of your impressions in camp?

This is going to be a good team this year. There's a lot of quality players they picked up. I really think they're going to turn it around this year.

It seems like there's a lot of stretching and cardio even before practice gets started. Does that help set the tone for the day?

Yeah, we go out there and we get warmed up, I'll tell you that. These guys are going to be in good shape. I feel great right now and I'm pretty sure it's helping everybody else out too.

Have you had a chance to work with Rick Peterson yet?

Not yet. I'm hoping to. He's got a lot of guys to work with, I'm sure, so I'm just kind of waiting my turn.

Any idea how much you'll get to pitch during the exhibition schedule?

I haven't heard anything. I'm sure I'll get a shot. Right now, it's just waiting and hoping to open some eyes.


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