Padres Prospect Interview: Andrew Parrino

Eugene, OR-- An aggressive hitter throughout his collegiate career, Andrew Parrino has had to learn how to curtail his penchant for swinging early in the count. It has been a work in progress. He still ranks second on the team in RBIs, though.

Talk to me about coming to Eugene and what you have learned since you have been here

Andrew Parrino: The first thing I learned coming to Eugene is it is a long season and you can't get too high or too low. Now matter what happens, you just try and stay consistent and do what you can to help the team. There are always a lot more games to be played.

Talk a little bit about your games and your strengths.

Andrew Parrino: A switch-hitter and middle infielder. My job right now is to get on base and let the big guys drive me in.

I am gap-to-gap. It is a lot easier scoring from second than first so everyone tries to be a gap-to-gap guy. I just try and get on and score when the big guys come up.

Is it nice having a manager like Greg Riddoch who gives you some leeway in stealing bases if you feel the situation warrants it?

Andrew Parrino: He is a great coach. He knows so much about the game that just being around stuff you learn – he doesn't even have to tell you.

He has a lot of confidence in us if we need to take a bag or swing at a pitch in a certain situation he gives us the green light to be loose and comfortable. He is an easy guy to play for.

Is that a different philosophy from where you played college ball?

Andrew Parrino: Not really. My coach was great and also played pro ball. He liked to be aggressive and we swung at a lot of pitches and stole a lot of bases.

You just mentioned swinging at a lot of pitches and obviously the Padres motto is to be patiently aggressive. How are you developing in that area?

Andrew Parrino: I think that is one area I am getting used to. I am finally getting it, almost. I was a little too aggressive at first but I think I have settled down and gotten used to some of the pitching.

How difficult is it to change your mentally, especially when you have been doing something a certain way for so long. It must be tough to temper the aggressive attitude.

Andrew Parrino: Patiently aggressive – if you don't buy into it – it is like a business and this is your job so you don't really have a choice. It is something you have to get used to but I think overall it is going to get me to see more pitches, have the guy throw more, get the guys on the bench to see more. I bought into it and I like it.

You have played second base and shortstop since you have played here. Talk about the differences between the two and where you have played in the past.

Andrew Parrino: My first two years in college I played second base and last year I played shortstop. When I came here I began as a second baseman but a couple of guys got hurt so I have played short.

The biggest difference is turning double plays and being on either side of the bag. I think it is a little easier from shortstop. The feet and footwork is about the same.

At second base the goal is to knock the ball down because you have time to throw them out. At shortstop you have to be a little more sure-handed because you do not have the luxury of knocking the ball down and still throwing a guy out. I tell myself at short to go get the ball and not hang back.

You have batted in a number of different spots in the lineup this year. How difficult is it to change your role from just get on base when you hit second to drive someone in when hitting sixth?

Andrew Parrino: Definitely being at the top and hitting six through nine my goal is pretty much the same. Get on base and make things happen, see a lot of pitches and go from there.

What has it been like watching Luis Durango hit in front of you and seeing him put the ball where he wants?

Andrew Parrino: It has been almost unbelievable at times. The guys come in and he hits it over their head. The guys stay back and he puts it in front of them. Especially in this game, speed kills and he is the best at it.

What can you learn from guys like him and other guys with speed who you can trade secrets with.

Andrew Parrino: Definitely. We talk all the time in the dugout about a guys move, his pitches, or what his ball does. Everybody talks and everybody learns from each other.

In this league, at times, a lot of guys aren't too sure about their move to second so we try and take third a lot and it helps us out.

Are you also looking at video to see what kind of edge you can get?

Andrew Parrino: Yes, coach shows us video of their pickoff moves of the guys we are facing that night. He does everything he can to help us out and give us the extra step.

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