Yefri Carvajal: The difference is not only has my balance improved but my timing. The rhythm I have now is allowing me to stay closed as opposed to having to cheat and be open.
What are some of the things you have been working on over the past year?
Yefri Carvajal: I have been working on the balance I spoke about before and the rhythm and timing. Also, my fielding ability and getting out there and doing it.
You have been an aggressive hitter. How do you stay patient at the same time and stay in line with the Padres approach to hitting?
Yefri Carvajal: I think originally I was a swing and miss guy or would get jammed on the first pitch. Because of our hitting approach, I am able to see more pitches and recognize them. When I do take swings now I am more comfortable and confident.
You had the hand injury last season. Did you feel almost anxious at the plate because of it?
Yefri Carvajal: Yes I did.
Talk about winning the Arizona Rookie League Championship.
Yefri Carvajal: It is a great memory for me, especially in my first year of professional baseball. It was a great accomplishment.
You mentioned on working on your defense in the outfield. Is there something specific?
Yefri Carvajal: Just getting the timing off the bat and a good jump off the bat.
Manny Crespo: He does have to work on his night defense. We couldn't understand how he could miss balls by so much until Carvajal said, ‘I never played under the lights before.'
How do you improve defensively?
Yefri Carvajal: In batting practice and also in the games. I have to pay attention and improve daily. I can't just go out there and try and react.
You have thick legs and a solid base. Do you have to watch your weight moving forward?
Yefri Carvajal: When I got here – I have been working with the trainers three times a week on my cardio – but when I got here I was 228 and now am 223. I have been working hard at it and it definitely is a constant thing for me that I need to keep working on.
What are the expectations for you the rest of the year now that you are completely healthy?
Yefri Carvajal: I hope to stay healthy and keep working hard. I want to have a good season.