Talk about your pitches and the speed you throw each at.
Matt Handley: I throw a four-seam fastball, a change, and a slider. The fastball is usually around anywhere from 84 to 88 at the most. The changeup is probably around 76 at least. The slider's a little faster.
You don't throw extremely hard but the opposition hit .163 off you last year – what has been the key to your success?
Matt Handley: I think it's pretty much my changeup. It's the pitch I went to all year last summer. It was good for me last summer so I stayed with that. I threw that pretty much anywhere in the count.
You came into a system that stresses the changeup – how nice is it knowing you have a solid one?
Matt Handley: It's good. It's good to know. I mean, I had a lot to work on last summer with the changeup. It got a lot better as the games went on, but it's good to know that since, like you said, I didn't throw very hard.
Is there also some deception in your delivery that hides the ball?
Matt Handley: Not really.
Was there anything major that you were looking to work on this spring?
Matt Handley: My slider needs a little bit of work. And when I first got up here, my changeup wasn't really all that good, but it's gotten better since I got up here. Just those two things.
Right-hander Drew Miller is 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA this season for the Fort Wayne Wizards - after two starts. He went 5-1 with a 3.56 ERA over two leagues last season.
There were some times where you struggled a little to find the strike zone in Eugene and they usually came in spurts – what was that a result of?
Drew Miller: Sometimes I over-think in a situation, and just my mechanics a little bit – a bit of faulty mechanics. But mainly just over-thinking the situation.
You came back and won "Most Efficient Pitcher" at Instructs – talk about winning that award and the progress you made.
Drew Miller: It was basically just challenging the hitters. Just put the fastball in there, put a little two-seam in there and say, ‘Here it is, hit it.' If you can, good for you. If you can't, well - you're out.
The changeup was coming in a little hard last year – how has it developed since then?
Drew Miller: It's still coming in a little hard, but we're working on it. We're working on slowing it down a little bit, but it's coming along.
There are some who say you have to have more of an attitude on the mound – what does that mean and how do you accomplish that?
Drew Miller: It's just having a little bit of a demeanor. Just going out there a little bit pissed off. Basically it's a challenge between you and the hitter. You've just got to look at it that way. That's my attitude right there.