Beamer Weems: Well, I've definitely gained some weight since my freshman year of college. I'm still not a big guy, but I feel like I've gotten a lot stronger; there's still room for improvement there. I feel like I'm growing in to my body a little bit. I definitely matured; learned how to deal with failure and success at the same time. I feel like the maturity level has gone way up since my freshman year in college.
Now, you come in a little bit late, maybe a little bit later than you wanted because we all know you just wanted to play baseball and you don't care about the money side. How did it affect you coming in to the game where now you kind of have to re-learn everything? You've got wood bats; you've been off for a little while?
Beamer Weems: In the time off that I wasn't in Eugene, I was definitely practicing every day and still working out. I guess the advantage point of this, the rest of the team for the most part has been here. If I had any problems with anything, I could always go to them for advice because they've been there playing every day. I definitely picked their brains a little bit, and the coaches. I guess there's an advantage there.
Let's look at your game as a whole. What do you view as the strengths of your game?
Beamer Weems: I've always put a lot of pride in my defense; tried to have been the best I can out there. Try my best getting on base so the big guys can hit me in. So, on-base percentage and defense is what I normally bring to the game.
The Padres obviously preach patience at the plate; the patient/aggressive approach. How does that play into your game because you obviously mentioned on base percentage?
Beamer Weems: The more pitches you see, the better hitter you're going to be, the more success you're going to have. I feel like that approach has been with me through college, so hopefully it's not that much of a change. I like the method, so I think it's a good fit for me.
Greg Riddoch, I talked to him today after he had seen you in the field one day. He said, ‘that boy Weems is pretty smooth in the field.'
Beamer Weems: I'm trying to be; I'm just trying to get used to this field. Today wasn't the best, but it's fun to be out there again, around the guys and the coaching staff seems great. I think it's going to be a great fit for me.
What is the key to continually being on your game out there at shortstop?
Beamer Weems: Just pre-game and the extra work that they're going to give me; not taking any day for granted and just trying to get better at something every day. I know it's a faster game now; that's what everyone is saying. I'm going to have to probably work on a few things, but they're going to help me out with that. Just not taking a day off out there and trying to get better every day.
What area of your game si there that you need to show a little more improvement on? We all know ‘all areas', so that's a cop-out answer.
Beamer Weems: Hitting and fielding you mean? Well, hitting, continue switch hitting, and they'll work on that with me; getting as comfortable both ways. Fielding, I guess, learning how to play the faster game like I mentioned. Both of those areas are going to be great areas for me to work on.
It seems like when you have a left-handed and right-handed swing, they're almost two different swings entirely. How do you manage that and keep them in check because you may not face that many lefties as you will righties?
Beamer Weems: You've got to put just about the same practice in both swings in batting practice and on the tees and just getting as comfortable as you can with the swing and try to make them as similar as possible. They're never going to be the same. One day, you'll wake up and you'll feel better right handed, but you're facing a right hander so you're going to have to go left handed. So, I guess you've got to learn being comfortable and being uncomfortable; that's the best way to put it.
Greg Riddoch always talks about setting yourselves up for expectations and setting realistic goals. What does that mean?
Beamer Weems: It seems like he knows what he's talking about, obviously. The mental part of the game is like everybody says, as much or more important than the physical part at this level because everybody can play. I've only heard a couple of meetings that he has had with the hitters, but it makes a lot of sense. That part of the game he emphasizes a lot on, so I'm looking forward to hearing some more of his talks.
What are the expectations, what are the goals for you over the next year?
Beamer Weems: All the coaches, they don't talk too much about stats, so I guess just learning how to play every single day and deal with whatever happens and the road trips and the grind I guess. Just learn how to start being a professional athlete.
How is the journal coming along?
Beamer Weems: We all have journals that were put into our locker. At the end of the game, if we see something that the pitcher or the other team was doing, we always can write in that after the game.
Is that something you have done before?
Beamer Weems: I really haven't, we've always gotten hand outs. I've never had a journal put in the locker. I like the idea; it makes a lot of sense. I don't know why I hadn't thought about it before. I'm definitely going to take advantage of that. Riddoch, he also gives us some handouts on hitting and goal setting, we just got one today. I really like the information on them.
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