Padres Prospect Interview: Josh Geer

Josh Geer was selected by the Padres in the third round of the 2005 MLB Draft and after beginning the year in Eugene was moved up to Fort Wayne where he ended his season.

Geer was 3-1 with a 3.69 ERA playing for the Emeralds in the Northwest League and was moved up to the Wizards after seven games. He made five starts with Fort Wayne, recording a 1-1 record with a 4.25 ERA.

Talk about the difference between college ball and the pros:

Josh Geer: Things here are a little different. In Eugene things started off pretty well and I felt comfortable pitching the ball at that level and moving the ball in and out. Luckily I got the call up to come to Fort Wayne and I felt pretty comfortable too.

The hitters are a little bit different but not too bad. It went pretty well for me.

You had some pretty big expectations coming into the Rice program that had won a National Championship the year before. Were you a part of that and talk about replacing all those first round picks in the rotation.

Josh Geer: I just transferred there from junior college so I was not there but I knew that they won the Championship and I was hoping that I could help them win it again.

Three first rounders and I had to come in and try and fill one of those spots. I tried the best that I could and I think I did.

What is the biggest thing you take from Rice with you now?

Josh Geer: Being in the Rice organization and living up to expectations. Being in a winning program and them expecting to keep winning. I got a lot of help there and was hoping to live up to their expectations and did pretty well there. And then I ended up getting drafted by the Padres and hopefully I can do the same here.

Does it feel like there is feeling of less pressure coming into the Padres system after following those three first rounders?

Josh Geer: Not really less pressure. I am just playing the game and having fun. I don't think there is any pressure. I am just going out there and trying to have fun, do the best I can and hopefully things will go my way. They have been so far.

What are your goals for the rest of this year, wherever you may be throwing, and into next year?

Josh Geer: To have good outings. As long as I am throwing the ball well and keeping the ball down and getting outs. I would like to move up a level each year. I already moved up to Fort Wayne this year. That feels pretty good within a month. My goal is to stay smooth, keep throwing the ball hard, moving it in and out and hopefully I will get a lot of wins and keep my ERA down. Then I can get moved up pretty quick.

What is your biggest weakness that will get by in the lower levels but must be corrected before you start getting to some of the higher levels?

Josh Geer: Definitely keeping the ball down as I have left it up a little bit. Moving the ball around the plate – busting in, going away and keeping the ball down. Everything else has been going pretty well. My off-speed I am throwing for strikes, just keeping the ball down is what I really need to work on.

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