Padres Prospect Interview: Will Inman

Will Inman was the prize of the Scott Linebrink deal, according to scouts. Just 20, the right-hander is already in Double-A and having success – he won his first start in San Antonio on Wednesday. We caught up with Inman a day after the trade was complete.

Talk to me a little about the trade and your thoughts during the process.

Will Inman: Well, it is pretty simple. I didn't really have a clue. I was sitting in my room and the trainer called me up to say, ‘There have been some moves within the organization and you have actually just been traded to the Padres.'

At first I was a little bit shocked and really didn't know what to think. As things went on I kind of said, ‘that is the way it goes and let me jump right in.' I got on a plane and got to the team late that night.

You are 20-years old and in Double-A – things have gone well for you. What has been the key to that success over the last two years?

Will Inman: It is a good question. I don't know. I just get out there and pitch. There is nothing specific.

I think I have learned a lot in the Brewers organization with the coaches and pitching coordinators I have had. I have been fortunate to have very good coaching. I try and keep learning every year and it shows on the field.

Your first three starts in Double-A weren't your best but you turned it around before the trade. Was there anything you changed during the process?

Will Inman: I kind of jumped up and I think I was trying to do way too much and trying to make pitches happen when I didn't need to. Instead of looking low down in the zone for a good, quality strike, I was trying to hit the black on the plate every time. I tried to do a little too much with my pitches. I fell back into deep counts and it just killed me. It didn't help out a lot.

There is a tendency to want to do more.

Will Inman: Exactly. I want to leave that behind me.

Do you feel like you attack left-handers differently? It seems over the course of your career that they have not hit very well off you.

You were traded for a major league pitcher in Scott Linebrink. While there were two other guys involved, what is it like just to be able to say that?

Will Inman: It hasn't really sunk in yet. The thing I have always thought about is I am playing a game. I am playing a game for a living. It really feels good to be doing that with any team. As long as I am still playing I am still happy about that.

Do you feel like now that you are with a new team you have to start all over again? ‘I have to impress the Padres.'

Will Inman: Of course that happens. You feel that way. At the same time, they got you for a reason and know what you can do. They don't pick random people. They have seen me pitch and hopefully just get it done.

There are some people who have already anointed you as the best pitching prospect in the San Diego system.

Will Inman: I don't know anybody in the system. That is a do or die question. I don't know anything about the organization. You meet guys through playing.

If people say that it is great. Hopefully I prove them right and we will go from there.

Will Inman: I always notice that stuff – another good question. I really don't know why. I use the changeup more because it is a little easier to throw it to them because it runs away. I just consistently go after guys.

You have been a quick starter in games, not giving up many runs in the first two innings. Is there a particular pre-game routine you go through to get ready?

Will Inman: I just go out there and try to get mentally prepared to go right out of the gate. It lets the team know where you are at and know what you will be doing the rest of the day. They will be saying, ‘he is going to be putting it in and out. He knows where the ball is going.' I want to go there and make a statement in the first couple of innings and that helps out a lot.

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