Richey Sees Promise in New Season

Brandon Richey, selected in the 10th round of the 2007 Draft, showed himself to be a tough-minded player who does what it takes to succeed between the lines. Over the off-season, he put in the work needed to comeback in his second season and take the necessary steps to grow as a ballplayer. Inside Pitch caught up with Richey to discuss his progress.

"I feel great about my winter. I put on about 15 pounds and I feel confident going into the season," said Brandon Richey about his off-season conditioning. "I followed the Mets program that helped me put weight on and become more athletic which is obviously going to help my game out a lot. I want to do a lot more at the plate this season and swing the bat like I have been my whole life and this work gave me steps to do that."

Richey, a hard-nosed shortstop who was quick with the bat, had a disappointing first season at the plate as he hit a combined .227 in 52 games with Kingsport and Savannah. After a final season of collegiate ball, he never found a good rhythm during his rookie campaign and after an adequate season, he is energized to see across the board improvement in 2008.

"Having the Mets regiment to follow gave me the conditioning and motivation to know what I can accomplish going into the season. If I follow through with all the work I put this off-season and in spring training, I know that will get me closer to the big leagues—I can't wait to see it all pay off," Richey explained.

He dedicated himself to the weight training regiment after he felt his energy drain away at the conclusion of last summer. With his eyes set on a full season in A-ball, he knows maintaining his physical energy will be imperative to meet the success he desires.

"Sustaining through a long season of baseball will make you lose weight, so I wanted to come in heavier than my normal playing weight so I'll be able to drop weight and still be a bigger size guy," he said.

"As far as sustaining the baseball part of a full season, I'm a hard working guy, I like to take a lot of groundballs, take a lot of swings and even wear myself out everyday," said Richey. What I really need to do is tell myself that two rounds of batting practice and 30 groundballs ‘might be good enough today'. Guys will wear themselves out everyday, come the later months you're going to be gassed. I'm trying to prevent that."

While Richey has always played hard and pushed his limits, the time he spent in mini-camps prior to Spring Training gave him a better understanding of when to appropriately shift gears.

"The coaches have seen my excitement and even tried to calm me down. But I'll tell you, having the big leaguers down here, the Triple-A, the Double-A guys definitely has me ready to show up because I'm playing among a lot of very talented guys and I want to show those guys and the higher level coaches there to know that I can play," he exclaimed.

So, after all the work he dedicated himself to during the off-season, where does he envision his offense going to in 2008? That depends on the adjustments carrying over into the new season. Last year, Richey was too quick through the strike zone, jumping at pitches and not seeing the ball deep into the zone, but after slowing down his swing and gaining poise in the batter's box during the fall Instructional League, he feels he can get back to the quality swing that allowed him to hit .365 in 51 games during his final collegiate season.

"I see myself as a guy who is capable of hitting .300 wherever I'm at. Working with the hitting instructors here and putting the work in, I've been able to do a much better job of hitting the ball up the middle and into the gaps and alleys," he explained. "My swing has to stay in the zone longer, and when I combine that with my bigger size and bigger bat I'm suing, I think that will add up to a better average, and hopefully .300."

Richey put forth the effort coaches love to see out of a hungry young ball player. Yet for all his intensity and his sense of attack on the diamond, he keeps a level head that allows him to have expectations, but simultaneously stay grounded.

"I need to know my own game and not worry about what's going on with other players. I can't worry about the stuff that I have no control over. It's all about playing baseball and getting better. But, wherever I end up this year, I'd like to be at a higher level come the end of the year because that will show the organization that my talent is there," he closed.


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I feel great about my winter. I put on about 15 pounds and I feel confident going into the season,\" said Brandon Richey about his off-season conditioning. \"I followed the Mets program that helped me put weight on and become more athletic which is obviously going to help my game out a lot. I want to do a lot more at the plate this season and swing the bat like I have been my whole life and this work gave me steps to do that.\"
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\r\nRichey, a hard-nosed shortstop who was quick with the bat, had a disappointing first season at the plate as he hit a combined .227 in 52 games with Kingsport and Savannah. After a final season of collegiate ball, he never found a good rhythm during his rookie campaign and after an adequate season, he is energized to see across the board improvement in 2008.
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\r\n\"Having the Mets regiment to follow gave me the conditioning and motivation to know what I can accomplish going into the season. If I follow through with all the work I put this off-season and in spring training, I know that will get me closer to the big leagues—I can't wait to see it all pay off,\" Richey explained.
\r\n
\r\nHe dedicated himself to the weight training regiment after he felt his energy drain away at the conclusion of last summer. With his eyes set on a full season in A-ball, he knows maintaining his physical energy will be imperative to meet the success he desires.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sustaining through a long season of baseball will make you lose weight, so I wanted to come in heavier than my normal playing weight so I'll be able to drop weight and still be a bigger size guy,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\n\"As far as sustaining the baseball part of a full season, I'm a hard working guy, I like to take a lot of groundballs, take a lot of swings and even wear myself out everyday,\" said Richey. What I really need to do is tell myself that two rounds of batting practice and 30 groundballs ‘might be good enough today'. Guys will wear themselves out everyday, come the later months you're going to be gassed. I'm trying to prevent that.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile Richey has always played hard and pushed his limits, the time he spent in mini-camps prior to Spring Training gave him a better understanding of when to appropriately shift gears.
\r\n
\r\n\"The coaches have seen my excitement and even tried to calm me down. But I'll tell you, having the big leaguers down here, the Triple-A, the Double-A guys definitely has me ready to show up because I'm playing among a lot of very talented guys and I want to show those guys and the higher level coaches there to know that I can play,\" he exclaimed.
\r\n
\r\nSo, after all the work he dedicated himself to during the off-season, where does he envision his offense going to in 2008? That depends on the adjustments carrying over into the new season. Last year, Richey was too quick through the strike zone, jumping at pitches and not seeing the ball deep into the zone, but after slowing down his swing and gaining poise in the batter's box during the fall Instructional League, he feels he can get back to the quality swing that allowed him to hit .365 in 51 games during his final collegiate season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I see myself as a guy who is capable of hitting .300 wherever I'm at. Working with the hitting instructors here and putting the work in, I've been able to do a much better job of hitting the ball up the middle and into the gaps and alleys,\" he explained. \"My swing has to stay in the zone longer, and when I combine that with my bigger size and bigger bat I'm suing, I think that will add up to a better average, and hopefully .300.\"
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\r\nRichey put forth the effort coaches love to see out of a hungry young ball player. Yet for all his intensity and his sense of attack on the diamond, he keeps a level head that allows him to have expectations, but simultaneously stay grounded.
\r\n
\r\n\"I need to know my own game and not worry about what's going on with other players. I can't worry about the stuff that I have no control over. It's all about playing baseball and getting better. But, wherever I end up this year, I'd like to be at a higher level come the end of the year because that will show the organization that my talent is there,\" he closed.
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