Brandon Snyder was the Orioles' first pick in the 2005 draft. Although originally drafted as a catcher, defensive limitations and a series of shoulder injuries have forced him from behind the plate. In 2007, Snyder will return to low-A Delmarva and serve as the Shorebirds' first baseman and designated hitter. Always noted for his strong work ethic, Snyder looks on track to improve on what was largely a lost 2006 season.
Inside The Warehouse caught up with Brandon at the minor league spring training facility in Sarasota, Florida, where we had the following exchange:
ITW: Where do you think your future lies with the Orioles? Catcher or first base?
Brandon: I am not worried about it right now. I just want to work on my swing this year and get 500 at bats. If I can hit well enough, that will be my ticket to the majors.
ITW: What was it like turning professional?
Brandon: It was a tremendous feeling; the Orioles were my team when I was growing up. I used to go to games at Camden Yards. Being selected by the Orioles was a dream come true for me.
ITW: Where did you get your tremendous work ethic?
Brandon: Primarily from my father and my High School coach. They taught me how to work hard and it has paid off for me.
ITW: How is your swing so far this spring?
Brandon: It is fine, I am really letting go. I have a bit of soreness from the surgery, but nothing really bad.
ITW: How did you deal with your injury last year?
Brandon: It was a good learning experience for me. Up to that point in my career, I had never struggled and it was something new for me to go through. I learned how to deal with the struggles and work through it.
ITW: You look to be lighter this year, have you lost weight?
Brandon: I lost about 10 pounds of fat over the off-season.
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