Simon Castro: I think I'm working a lot the last year and this year. I try to be better and that's why I think I'm better now.
Now, you got the opening day start. That had to feel pretty good, opening day, opening day home opener too?
Simon Castro: That was very exciting for me. I feel like I can do better, but that was very exciting. That's why I did like the way I did.
Pitching coach Dave Rajsich's pretty hard on you, "Keep you weight back, do this, do that…" How has he helped your game?
Simon Castro: He has helped me a lot. I know he does that to help me, and that is good, I need that sometimes because I can't do it. If he keeps doing that, I'm going to do good.
We know your fastball is good and the changeup is relatively new. How is that coming along, the changeup?
Simon Castro: I think it's coming very good. The speed is slower now; I think it's going to be good.
Is it tough because you're used to throwing the fastball, the slider hard, hard, hard, but the changeup is soft?
Simon Castro: That's true. The slider and fastball sometimes are very hard and I need something slow to try and change speed. I think I need to keep working on the changeup.
You were working in the bullpen and you were throwing – a couple went in the dirt when I saw you in Eugene. Is that just over trying, trying too hard almost?
Simon Castro: Yeah, sometimes I pull. To try to throw slow, I hold a little harder and then that's why sometimes I pull to the ground. I think it's common.
With practice, right?
Simon Castro: Yeah, I'm practicing that.
So, how about your mechanics? Are you happy with how they're coming along?
Simon Castro: Yeah, I feel very comfortable right now the way my mechanics. I don't know if you remember last year I throw sometimes like I follow. Now, I throw and stay in front. I'm working on that a lot because when I do that, I can throw better strikes.
Last year, really, you fell behind in the count, 2-0 and then you would come up and hit strikes. Here and now, do you see how important it is to work ahead?
Simon Castro: Yeah, that's true. I see what's important because when we work ahead, we can throw all my pitches. If I throw strike one, I can throw changeup behind and slider, whatever. But, if I throw ball one, I have to throw all fastballs because it's my best pitch.
I think I need to keep working, the way I keep doing right now. I think keep working.
How's it throwing to Emmanuel Quiles? How do you think he does as the catcher?
Simon Castro: I think he does right now the best way because he's got a very good arm and very good location, he moves location. He knows the hitters. Every time he comes to talk to me how we can do with the hitters. I think he's pretty good.
Simon Castro: No, it's not a problem. It's ok.
It's still a learning process?
Simon Castro: Yeah, it's still a learning process.
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