Jared Wells - Consistency.
John Conniff - Well obviously you've tried to be consistent in the past, why are you able to achieve it now?
Jared Wells - Just better able to repeat my mechanics, and getting better at throwing my slider and change up. I've thrown my change up more than I ever have because I need to develop it if I am going to be successful at the next level. I throw it for strikes, and it really helps to keep the hitters off balance.
John Conniff - How has the velocity been on your fastball?
Jared Wells - Early this year I was 92 to 94 and topped out at about 95, as of lately its kind of dropped off to the low 90's.
John Conniff - We spoke with Tye Waller a week ago [the Director of Player Development for the Padres] and he spoke well of your progress. He said with your stuff they were working on helping you become more of a strikeout pitcher. What exactly are the Padres working with you on helping you with this?
Jared Wells - I've never been a strikeout guy, and I really don't want to be a strikeout guy. I want to get my outs and that's it. I try to throw as few pitches as possible so I can go further into games.
John Conniff - You see yourself as more of someone who wants to go deep into the games and make the batter hit your pitch?
Jared Wells - I don't mind getting the strikeout, but I would rather use fewer pitches to get someone out. I like to throw strikes and make hitters hit bad pitches.
John Conniff - You were a pretty good football player in high school, and played your first year of college. How is the training different for baseball as compared for football?
Jared Wells - Well, its really all about the weights, they don't want us to do bench press, but its something that I've done my whole life. I really just lift for more repetitions now than power, which is much different from when I played football.
John Conniff - How did not going to a four year Division I program help you with your professional career?
Jared Wells - I never pitched in high school, I played the outfield. I blew my knee out in football my freshman year of college, so I couldn't run like I used too. After that I decided to give pitching a shot since I always had a good arm, so I thought I could use all the experience I could get.
I just felt that I was starting later than everyone else, so was trying to catch up and I think its helped. Right now I don't feel I'm that far away from the big leagues.