Stiven Osuna: I know I didn't get off to a good start. When I went to the bullpen I started focusing more on my mechanics. I feel like I have done well in the past and needed to get things right. I feel fortunate to get another chance.
Was it a confidence boost to skip over Eugene after working in the Arizona Rookie League last season and come to Fort Wayne?
Stiven Osuna: It was a little bit of a surprise. I am happy the Padres have showed confidence in me. I know I can make them proud but need to get everything back together.
Do you feel like you put too much pressure on yourself to perform with the skipped level?
Stiven Osuna: Obviously I knew I was skipping a league. I didn't feel like I was losing confidence and knew I could do this.
When a couple of starts didn't go my way, that is when I started pressing a little bit. Now I am just trying to get back to pitching again.
What kind of changes did you make to your mechanics to get back on track?
Stiven Osuna: I was opening up a little bit too fast and was rushing to home plate instead of staying back on my legs in better balance.
How can you avoid the big inning?
Stiven Osuna: It is important to start the inning off right and get that first out. That makes thing so much easier. I know I had some trouble getting that third out as well.
Before, I was focused on making it through five innings. Now, my focus has changed. I am looking at every inning and down to every pitch.
What do you need to do to improve and go up the ladder?
Stiven Osuna: I need to develop a little bit more strength. I need to keep working as hard as I am working right now and stay focused.
Your curveball has really come along in the last year. What changed?
Stiven Osuna: The fastball and changeup I have always felt that I could spot where I want. In the beginning of the year, I had trouble with my mechanics. With those corrections, I feel like my curveball has gotten a lot better. To me it is more about being comfortable and being focused.
Does fastball command setup the rest?
Stiven Osuna: I know my fastball sets up everything. I feel like my changeup is a very good pitch but know that being able to move the ball in and out will help develop everything else.
What do you remember about wanting to be a professional baseball player as a kid?
Stiven Osuna: When I was a kid, I never really thought about it. Now, it is very important.
Really? When did you know that this was something you wanted to do?
Stiven Osuna: When I was 16, I saw some of my teammates sign and I thought I was just as good, if not better. From that point on, I really dialed in. I really want this.
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