Padres Prospect Interview: Drew Macias
MadFriars.com: What made you decide to forego going to a four year school and sign with the Padres?
Drew Macias: No four year school really wanted me. I was the only player in my school to get drafted. Other guys in my league had more hype, but despite putting up good numbers I had no other offers. Chris Gwynn, one of the Padres scouts liked me, and I thought it was better to try the big leagues than walking on to a four year school.
MadFriars.com: How is the competition different in the Midwest League as compared to the Pioneer League?
Drew Macias: In the Pioneer League guys tended to have only one pitch, usually a fastball. Everyone was just trying to blow it past you. In the Midwest League there are better pitchers, they throw more breaking stuff. For me it's a little easier because they are always around the plate.
MadFriars.com: A lot of your game is built around speed and defense. What part of your offensive game are you looking to develop and how do you go about doing that?
Drew Macias: Just try to get more consistent. I'm not a home run guys, but I can hit gap to gap, move runners along, steal some bases and basically scrap for whatever I can get.
MadFriars.com: Going back to last year, how did the Padres decide who went to Idaho Falls and who went to Eugene out of the draft?
Drew Macias: It usually goes by age, experience and where you were drafted. The organization usually has a pretty good idea of what you can handle.
John Conniff can be reached at Conniff@sandiegosports.net