Josh Alley: It was kind of mixed emotions I guess you would say. Any time you get moved up you have to be happy. At the same time, I had to leave Chase and made a lot of good friends out there in the time I was there.
You had a slow start in Fort Wayne. What kind of adjustments did you have to make?
Josh Alley: It took me one good game. I think I had three hits that game about ten games after I had been struggling. I think I got my confidence back up and realized I wasn't getting overpowered, I was just in a slump. I think it was more mental than anything.
Did you find yourself facing more off-speed stuff as you moved up?
Josh Alley: Not really. Being the leadoff hitter, guys are going to try and keep me off base. I have actually seen quite a few fastballs so it has not changed that much so far.
You mentioned it being mental – how do you overcome that mental factor with the game going on no matter what on a day-to-day basis?
Josh Alley: It is just part of the game. It is tough. For me, I just try as hard as I could to stay positive and to realize it was just a slump that I would eventually come out of. Whenever I had that three-hit game I just felt I had so much confidence after that. I have been pretty happy with the way I have played.
You got to play in Comerica Park – the Detroit Tigers' home – in a Midwest League game. How was that experience?
Josh Alley: I actually had a chance to play at Minute Maid Park [last] season at Tennessee. We opened up a tournament there. Every kid dreams of playing in the big leagues and playing in a stadium like that where big leaguers play is quite an opportunity. I am looking forward to it.
When you look at stats – is there one in particular that you hold dear to your heart and why?
Josh Alley: On-base percentage. I have been a leadoff hitter my whole life. That taught me at a young age to get on base anyway you can. That is something I really focus on. Whether it is a walk or beating out an infield single to get on – just do whatever I can to get on base. If I think my batting average is down as long as I keep my on-base percentage where it needs to be and letting the bigger guys drive me in I am fine.
You had great walk-to-strikeout numbers this past year. Are there any exercises you do to help you strengthen your hand-eye coordination?
Josh Alley: I have taken extra swings my whole life, worked hard on my hitting and it has been that way for me since I have been playing competitive baseball. I don't know if I see the ball better or what. If it is not a good pitch I don't want to swing at it.
Do you consider yourself to be a classic example of a "Moneyball" player?
Josh Alley: I think so. Before the draft, the A's and Blue Jays and teams like that are high on on-base percentage, they were the teams that I felt were on me the hardest, but I could not be happier that the Padres picked me up.