Mid-season - Padres' Tye Waller on Eugene, Peoria

San Diego Padres' Director of Player Development, Tye Waller, joined up with John Conniff to get a mid-season update on the prospects within the system. Waller touched briefly on prospects currently with Eugene, he did not want to say too much as he had not been out there at the time, and talked about two of the younger players with Peoria, William Killian and Daryl Jones, as well as what he expects from the many managers around the minor league system.


Both Billy Hogan and Colt Morton started the season with much fanfare and struggled in Fort Wayne. Why did they struggle and how are they attempting to rectify the situation in Eugene?

Tye Waller: Colt Morton is a guy that has plus power, but he needs to make consistent contact. I think Billy is in that same mind set, he tries to do too much. Colt has been able to relax and see the ball better in the Northwest League, giving himself a chance at success. If teams get to know you, and if don't relax, you are going to get beat. The key is trusting your swing and being able to read the pitch and react to it. As I said earlier, Hogan is the same way, when went to Eugene from Idaho Falls last year and then tried to do much. The key is doing what you did at one level and repeating at a higher level; relax and trust your swing.

Any idea how long Matt Thayer and Sean Kazmar are going to stay in Eugene, both have been putting up some good numbers?

Tye Waller: I'm going to Eugene on Monday and will have a better read on what they will have. It's only been a month, we'll start making analysis on who may get promoted.


How about Daryl Jones and William Killian? Also, any reason why Killian isn't playing catcher?

Tye Waller: Tom Killian is a high energy kid, we are trying to back him off his pre-game routine that has led to some heat exhaustion. From an offensive standpoint he's just adjusting to pro ball and is going to have to work on his patience.

Daryl Jones has the ability to swing the bat, but he is a young hitter coming from a raw program.

What is the biggest difference between playing in the Arizona League as compared to the Pioneer League of Idaho Falls?

Tye Waller: The Pioneer League is an older league, really a college league now. Sometimes our younger prospects were getting overmatched. If don't have some success it can cause you to doubt your ability. We wanted them to face people that were more comparable to their age. However, I do wish we could change the weather in Phoenix, it is a little hot.


Talking to the various Padres minor league managers, all of them have fairly extensive responsibilities. Most of them describe putting in 12 hour days with a variety of paperwork and information that the organization requires on all of the players. As a member of the front office, do you read reports from all of the minor league teams each day? Also, when you travel and visit all of the cities what are you looking for and how does this add to your knowledge base.

Tye Waller: I try to get our staff to understand what we are trying to accomplish with each and every player. Then we have to do everything in our power to develop the player. The hardest thing for a manager to do is then watch the player struggle to become that player we want to develop, getting that guy through those stages is tough.

What I try to do is get our people to understand which of our players have to the at bats. As a manager if you are trying to win want the player who is better now than in the future, which is a mistake unless that player is going to better down the road for the organization.

Most guys make it to A ball, but most don't make it AA. A question could be why do we keep putting those guys out there who aren't performing. I saw Jose Valentin make 70 errors in the South Atlantic League, and he has turned to be a good player on the major league level. Guys have to keep in mind we are developing players for the major leagues, not a particular minor league team.

I have to make our managers understand who should play from an organizational standpoint, and the only way to do that is to have everyone involved in the input process and then identify which way we want to go. We are trying to create an organization that is "like minded" in what we are looking for in terms of player development. In the end it's my decision and my responsibility about how successful we are in developing players.

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