Rey Garramone: It was real nice. This weather was really nice.
How have you grown from last year to this year?
Rey Garramone: I have grown a lot. I can't even explain it. Last year, I was just trying to throw the ball past people and I know I can't do that. I am 88 to 89 MPH. Now, I am learning that hitting your spots is key. I have learned how to work the corners and finally developed a decent changeup – still not a great one yet. That is something I have been working on since junior college and high school. It is not bad. I think I have grown a lot in one year.
Who do you point to as the one who was instrumental in helping you?
Rey Garramone: Obviously Razor (Dave Rajsich) was the one who has helped me the most. TB (Tom Bradley) has been great though. He has been on me a lot when I fall off. That has helped me. Rid (Greg Riddoch) has helped me. Everyone has helped me but mainly Razor since I have been with him longer.
Has it been a smoothing of mechanics for you?
Rey Garramone: Mechanics are a big part of it. I am much cleaner to the plate now. I am coming over my head with my glove and hands and that is helping me stay balanced because last year I would fall forward before I would gather myself. I had to rush my arm up. I still have to work on working out of the stretch because I do the same thing.
I was curious to see you bring the glove over your head thinking that maybe it throws your head off line and then you go off the plate a little bit.
Rey Garramone: I like it. I just stare at the glove the whole time, even when I go over my head. It is not a big deal for me.
Talk about the season. Is it what you have expected?
Rey Garramone: I came in here with confidence and knew I had to have confidence. I was glad to make the team. It was fun up there. There are a great bunch of guys up there.
Did the big lead of Salem-Keizer get into your heads this year?
Rey Garramone: It was in our head. We were always wondering what Salem-Keizer did.
What are your expectations as you look forward?
Rey Garramone: I just want to keep learning and developing as much as I can. I want to develop the changeup because hopefully next year I have a good chance of making that long season team. I just want to develop and show improvement.
What is the key to making that changeup go from good to great?
Rey Garramone: You have to keep throwing it. You just feel it. I am starting to feel it. I talked to Manny Ayala – he has a great changeup – and everyone tells me to keep throwing it with the same arm speed as the fastball. How you are holding it let it do what it does.
I experimented with so many grips. I finally found one that is comfortable.