Padres Prospect Interview: Evan Scrbner

San Diego Padres prospect Evan Scribner had one goal in mind for 2010 and hopes to accomplish it by his birthday in July. What a present that would be.

Talk about the Arizona Fall League experience. It seemed like you gained confidence as you moved through that.

Evan Scribner: It was fun, playing with guys from different organizations and seeing what they are all about. There was like eight home runs a game at first. It was crazy. It was a lot of fun playing with all the guys and seeing them in big league games right now. It was cool.

You had a lot of success with runners in scoring position last season. Is there a different mentality when there are men poised to score?

Evan Scribner: If there is a leadoff hit, you definitely don't want him to score. You get that extra behind you – that extra drive. I don't know how to explain it. You tell yourself that, ‘he is not scoring.' Once you get that in your head, he is not scoring, hopefully.

There was a small period where you struggled in July. Can you pinpoint why, especially since you came back and were strong again.

Evan Scribner: I think last year I gained one or two miles per hour, and it got to my head a little bit. I was using a few more fastballs than I should have and was a little up in the zone. I was getting hardheaded. A couple of outings leaving the ball up and getting hit around – you lose confidence for a couple of games in your fastball and don't trust your stuff. It was a little bit of a tough stretch. I got through it. It was a learning experience in the end.

How do you find the same success against left-handed hitters as you do against right-handed hitters?

Evan Scribner: This year, I added a cutter. I barely ever throw a changeup and was inconsistent with it. I started in the fall and will use that against lefties this year. They had a lot more success against me than righties, obviously because the curveball was a little harder against righties than lefties. Hopefully, the cutter will break a couple of bats and make them uncomfortable.

I started throwing it in the fall. The comfort level is good. I have thrown it and got swings and misses with it. I can throw it for strikes.

What is it like to break a bat as a pitcher. Is that one of those really good feelings?

Evan Scribner: Yeah, for me, I like a swing-and-miss more than broken bat. It is pretty fun, especially when it is complete sawed off. Those are always good – unless it comes back and hits you.

What were the mental challenges? You were moved out of the closer role for a little bit. Did that hit you at all?

Evan Scribner: TK (Terry Kennedy) took me into his office and explained that we had already won the first half so the games didn't matter as much as the games in the playoffs so we are going to let you get regular day's rest and work you back into the closer role towards the end of the season and into the playoffs. Also, they knew I was going to the fall league so it was a mental break.

You have one of the best curveballs out there. Have there been times where it has left you. I seem to remember last spring you didn't have that feel. Does it come back quickly?

Evan Scribner: It is always hard in the spring when I first start throwing it. It is hard to throw for strikes. Once I get it, it is fine. I have it where I can throw it for strikes and where I can throw it for a strikeout. There are always days where you have it and don't have it. Most days, I have it.

What are the 2010 goals?

Evan Scribner: My main goal is to get up there before my birthday – July 19. That is the only one I have.

We all know you have a lot of great teammates and this does not take away from anyone you don't mention. If you could have one pitch from anyone of your teammates to put into your own arsenal, what would it be, from who, and why?

Evan Scribner: Brandon Gomes' splitter. Definitely. It looks just like his fastball and people cannot hit it. He had 100 strikeouts last year. That would help me, especially against lefties. If I had that, I would take that one.

Who is the one hitter that you are glad you have as a teammate and why?

Evan Scribner: There are so many. I would say Mike Baxter. He is so consistent. Eric Sogard was the same way. But he is gone now so he doesn't count. Baxter is so consistent. It is always on the barrel. Plus, he is a lefty. He is a pretty good hitter – a professional hitter.

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