Prospect Q&A: Brandon Snyder

Brandon Snyder suffered through his share of ups-and-downs in 2006, ending the season with surgery on his left labrum in August. ITW caught up with Brandon to discuss how he's feeling and what position he thinks he'll end up at.

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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