Q&A with Brooklyn's Nick Evans

Nick Evans woke up Thursday morning in Kingsport, Tenn., but by 7 a.m., the Mets prospect was on a plane, headed for the Big Apple and KeySpan Park. Evans sat down with Inside Pitch's Bryan Hoch before his first game as a member of the Brooklyn Cyclones. (Premium Content)

Congratulations on your promotion to Brooklyn. Was this sooner than you'd anticipated heading here?

Oh, this was completely unexpected. I had no idea that this was even possible right now. It pretty much came right out of the blue.

When did the Mets tell you that you were being sent up?

Actually, this morning. We played a doubleheader in Kingsport and they told me right after the game. I flew out at 7:20 a.m. this morning, and it was kind of exciting. I didn't have the butterflies going until I kind of pulled into the stadium and saw the park, and then I got a little bit nervous.

You had some great numbers at Kingsport this season (.344 with six home runs and 22 RBI in 15 games). What was working for you there?

I saw a lot of good pitches and put some good swings on the ball. It's just consistently putting good swings on the ball. I had a lot of strikeouts, but that's part of the game, I guess. It's just feeling comfortable.

Some people felt like you shouldn't have started the year back in rookie ball. What were your feelings on that?

It's something that was really out of my control, so I wasn't really going to worry about it. I just thought about going down and playing the best I could.

What do you think the reason was?

There were guys ahead of me putting up numbers. I had no problem with that. The guy who beat me out in spring training (Mike Carp) had a great spring and he deserved it.

When did you start to have an idea that you weren't going to make a long-season league out of spring training?

I had a pretty good idea coming into spring training that I wasn't going to make a long-season team just because of the way things were and people ahead of me. I came in with a good idea that I was going to be in extended spring, so it wasn't a disappointment.

Do you feel like you used the extended spring to your advantage?

Oh, it was great. I'm totally happy that I went down there, because it helped me a lot. I got a lot of at-bats and got to work on a lot of stuff without having to worry about numbers and all of those kinds of things.

Can it become a grind, though, to play down there without statistics?

It is a grind, but the more at-bats you take seriously and don't throw away, the better you're going to be. That's what I did, I worked on the stuff I need to work on and made sure not to throw away at-bats.

How are you a better hitter today than, say, one year ago?

It's definitely just going the other way with the ball. I've come a long way with hitting the ball to right field. That's helped me tremendously, to not be as much of a pull hitter, and that's the main thing. My plate discipline is better; I still strike out a lot, but I feel like I see the ball better.

You played third base last year at Gulf Coast; this year, you've played a lot of first base. How has the position switch been for you?

It doesn't bother me at all, as long as I get in the lineup. I played shortstop, catcher [and] pitcher growing up, so it doesn't really matter to me on defense.

Do you have any goals for the rest of the year here at Brooklyn?

Just to stay consistent and not try to do more than I can. I just want to keep having quality at-bats.


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