John Conniff - What has been the biggest change for you since coming up from the Midwest League to the California League?
Drew Macias - Not much, not really any big changes, hitting wise or in
other things, but the weather and ballparks seem a lot nicer.
John Conniff - Are you trying to do anything different in your approach
at the plate to hit for more power or increase your on-base percentage.
Drew Macias - I'm just trying to stay consistent and get base hits. I'm
not going up there trying to hit home runs, but they are nice when they come,
but mainly just trying to stay consistent and get on base.
John Conniff - What is the biggest thing you need to do to advance?
Drew Macias - Just continue to keep working as hard as I can everyday. If
the coach sees me doing something I want him to know that I'm working hard. If
I'm out there in the outfield shagging, I'm out there sweating and running balls
down because when you start slacking off in practice, it starts to show up in
John Conniff - When you guys talk about working hard what does that mean?
Can you give our readers an idea of how much work there is for players in the
Drew Macias - Well, we had a morning workout before the game around 11,
then had a workout with the roving instructors before the game, so we did some
defensive drills or baseruning drills even earlier before infield and batting
practice. Today we talked about baseruning, everything that we are out there
doing its something we can take into a game.
John Conniff - What exactly do the system-wide rovers do? For instance,
are they trying to make sure that the Padres are consistent in the way they
Drew Macias - Exactly, they just come and give their little inputs here
and there. If they see us doing something wrong they'll let us know. Its more
like one on one work. They might see or hear something that you are having
problems with and they will take you aside and say, 'Drew you need to work on
this, lets go work on this before the game.'
Denis Savage - Lets talk about center field here as compared to Fort
Wayne. What is the ground like out there, is it a little bit harder?
Drew Macias - This grass snakes a lot, when it comes through its moving
left and right quick. You just have to stay down on the ball and read it. We
have a short porch in right field, when you look over one shoulder your too
close, when you look over the other shoulder its four hundred and twenty five.
You kind of have to realize this is my spot, if the ball is driven that way I
have to get on my horse, if its driven the other way I have some time.
Denis Savage - So is the wall your friend?
Drew Macias - No, but I'm not afraid of him. If I have to go heads up
with him, I'll do it.
Denis Savage - You're probably considered the best defensive
centerfielder in the Padres system by people such as Tye Waller and Kevin Towers. What does that mean to you?
Drew Macias - That's awesome. I really appreciate that and have really
worked hard to get that. I've always loved playing outfield, and try to take
pride in what I do. I love hearing my teammates say they are the best guy that
they have ever played in the outfield with and that they have no worries when
I'm out there.
I'll give up my body whenever I can, as much as I love hitting, I love playing
Denis Savage - So who do you think is the best fielder on this team?
Drew Macias - I'd probably say Brian Burgamy. He's out there giving up
his body just like me in left field, we love diving making plays. The whole
outfield crew is good, Bake has a cannon for an arm in right field. We're all
not afraid to dive, get dirty and make plays.
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