Jose Mayi: They are pretty similar. There is, however, a much better opportunity to be seen here.
What do you remember about trying out for the Padres?
Jose Mayi: I had been seen before. I was at a tryout game. That day, I hit a home run and got a base hit.
Last year you hit more homers than doubles. Is that the strength of your game?
Jose Mayi: No, I think that because of the few teams we played, they were able to position themselves and cut off the doubles a little bit better. They could not cut off the home run.
You have a lot of patience at the plate. It isn't something known for those coming from the Dominican. How come?
Jose Mayi: Overall, people are very anxious to hit. I feel comfortable enough knowing that they have to throw three in my zone. I don't feel pressure of having to hit the first pitch I see.
Talk about the hand injury before you came to extended spring training and how it happened.
Jose Mayi: I was sliding in a game in the Dominican – I was sliding into second base and banged my wrist.
What do you have to work on defensively?
Jose Mayi: I have to work on my backhanding of ground balls. I also have to work on general movement. I work hard and hope to continue to get better.
Do you feel like you have to chances to your swing now that you are in the US?
Jose Mayi: No, the pitchers throw more strikes and there is more control here. I am going to stick with what I have until the pitchers get better and then I will make the necessary adjustments.
What are your expectations for the rest of the year?
Jose Mayi: I want to do my job and improve on my stats.