Padres Prospect Interview: Brett Bonvechio
MadFriars.com: You recently came over from the Red Sox organization. How many years were you with the Red Sox organization?
Brett Bonvechio: I was drafted out of high school but didn't sign until after I went to junior college in Saratoga California for a year. I played with the Red Sox organization for two and half years in the South Atlantic and New York-Penn Leagues.
MadFriars.com: The Red Sox had you playing first base and a few other positions. Where are you most comfortable and at what position do the Padres expect you to play?
Brett Bonvechio: It doesn't really matter. The first two years I was at third base, then recently some first base and even catcher because some guys got hurt. From what little I've heard, I'm going to be at 3b, but I'll play wherever they want me.
MadFriars.com: You're a right hander, how did you end up being a left handed batter?
Brett Bonvechio: My Dad said I just picked the bat off the ground and started swinging lefty. Its just always felt more comfortable....and I'm not complaining, there are a lot of advantages to being a left handed hitter.
MadFriars.com: I know its early, but is their any noticeable difference between the Red Sox and Padres organization?
Brett Bonvechio: Both organizations are very professional, there are slight differences, but I've only been here a week and a half.
MadFriars.com: What is the one part of your game that need to improve on the most to advance to the next levels?
Brett Bonvechio: Everything. I know it's a cliché, but really just improve my all around game. I would like to improve my speed, but that is kind of God given. My power numbers have been getting better, and I just need to keep on taking a lot of ground balls.
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