Coming into spring training, the Orioles were abuzz about Garrett Olson and how quickly he had advanced through the organization. They freely admit that, despite investing a supplemental first round pick in 2005, they didn't realize exactly how good of a pitcher they had. When Kris Benson went down for the season, it appeared the stars had aligned for Olson to challenge for a rotation slot out of spring training. After the signing of Steve Trachsel, Olson was reassigned to minor league camp in order to get more work. I was recently able to catch up with Garrett to discuss this and more.
ITW: When the Orioles sent you to the minor league camp, did they ask you to work on anything specific?
Garrett Olson: No, they wanted me to get innings in and there were none to be had in the major league camp right now. I have all three pitches working well for me- I was told I just need some more experience.
ITW: Have they told you where you will be starting the year?
Garrett Olson: I am supposed to start in triple-A Norfolk.
ITW: How do you like the Orioles' organization?
Garrett Olson: They have been terrific. They are great people and have treated me just like family; I can't say enough good about them. The organization has lots of history behind it and I have enjoyed my time here.
ITW: How are your pitches doing these days?
Garrett Olson: My fastball is my out-pitch right now and I have been working hard on my changeup which has improved a lot. I work on every pitch here in camp, but I have paid particular attention to my changeup.
ITW: You have lived on the West Coast your entire life, how do you find the East Coast?
Garrett Olson: It is very enjoyable, it is a bit different than California, and there is a lot of history here. I enjoy the opportunity to live here for part of the year.
John Kazlo is a contributor to Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via e-mail at JohnKazlo@comcast.net