Jeremy Cleveland: I was thrilled. Grady Fuson was the guy who drafted me and saw me in college and all the way up. I am happy to be back with the guy that started my career in the minor leagues.
Has it been a seamless transition into the system?
Jeremy Cleveland: This is a very college friendly organization. A lot of guys I played against or played with. It was a good thrill. I got to a meet a lot of people.
You went to the University of North Carolina – does that make you a huge college basketball fan?
Jeremy Cleveland: I am a huge college basketball fan. Unfortunately, because of the football program (at North Carolina) I am not a huge football fan. I am always the one that is doing some kind of pool for fun.
George Mason which is from my hometown surprised me. I had them losing to North Carolina and they wound up crushing em. It is unbelievable. They messed up everyone's bracket.
Have you always played in left field?
Jeremy Cleveland: I was in the infield in college and moved to the outfield, playing left and right.
How has the defensive progression been in the outfield?
Jeremy Cleveland: Every year I get to learn a little bit more and get a little more relaxed out there. You start believing in your skills after a little while and it starts to take over. We have (outfield instructor Tom) Gamboa who has taught me a lot of things this year. He has a lot of knowledge.
In one of the first few games of the year you had trouble with a ball hit by Carlos Gonzalez. Talk about that play.
Jeremy Cleveland: It is kind of playing in a Fenway type atmosphere. I don't know if I could have caught it but it hit the wall and the ball came down at the same time. That is stuff I have to work on. Hopefully I make more catches than not.
What kind of hitter are you in terms of style – power guy, hitting the gaps?
Jeremy Cleveland: I am probably a gap-to-gap. I get my power in there occasionally. I am still learning my swing just like everyone else here or we would be in the big leagues. I am happy with doubles. Doubles and singles are where you start and they will turn into homers at some point.