Q&A: Binghamton's Bobby Malek

Inside Pitch's Bryan Hoch sat down with Binghamton (AA) Mets outfielder Bobby Malek recently, discussing his season, the frustrations of pro ball and the B-Mets' recent "upward flow" of prospects to Triple-A (Premium Q&A Content).

Obviously, the power numbers haven't been where you'd like them to be this year (Malek entered Thursday hitting .275 with two homers and 24 RBI). Would you say it's been a summer struggle for you?

I don't know if I'd say it's a struggle. I'm trying to stop doing the minimum. I haven't really got hot. I'm just waiting for that big breakout day and I've been getting one here or there or whatever, but I haven't really gotten those consistent runs yet that I've had in the past.

Obviously I haven't hit home runs: I've hit, but I feel like I'm doing all right. I feel like I'm doing what I should be doing.

It's just my approach here and there that can open things up for me, and then obviously the team can benefit from me a lot more too. I think I need to kind of step up and help the team get out of a funk.

Is that made more frustrating by the fact that you've put up numbers before (Malek hit 13 homers at Class-A St. Lucie in 2004)?

It's frustrating because I take some blame for the team losing. We're much better than our record shows and a lot of that has to do with me not putting up numbers.

That does hurt a little bit more because you know it's not you. Hopefully that can change a little bit here.

How are you able to separate that frustration from the ballpark and not take it home?

I've never been able not to. I wear my emotions on my sleeve and sometimes that's good, sometimes that's bad. I'm learning to try and calm that and not take it away from the field, and come back the next day, not let things snowball. I'm getting better at that.

What has been the biggest challenge for you this season?

The pitching's been pretty good and they throw a lot of off-speed pitches with guys on base, and a lot of us are fastball hitters.

Now, we're starting to look for that stuff and have better at-bats with deeper counts. I think we're learning right now and going in the right direction. Hopefully we bust out of it.

Do you think it can hurt a team like Binghamton, to have your star performers sent up to Norfolk at this point in the season?

You can look at that two ways. I mean, obviously we've got some guys who are here and they were hot at St. Lucie, and they're replacing the guys who moved to Norfolk. You still want that upward flow.

You're never going to play with the same guys. So obviously that hurts our club, but these guys making the jump – they've earned it. They deserve that. Everyone's having success to get that jump, but it just means the rest of us need to step up and get in that flow.

How does it affect a team's chemistry like this one, having guys who were productive players promoted out of your clubhouse?

Well, we've got good guys in the organization. There's no bad guys. We've got good, solid guys at the levels surrounding us here. I don't know the young guys who just got here too much yet, but I'm sure they're just like everyone else. I don't think it'll affect us at all.

Inside Pitch managing editor Bryan Hoch can be contacted at metsinsidepitch@aol.com.

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