Padres Prospect Interview: Aaron Breit

San Diego Padres prospect Aaron Breit has been in a variety of roles. This year, he has settled into the eighth inning spot for the Lake Elsinore Storm – a location that has provided him with a lot of success.

Talk a little bit about last season. Staying away from the big inning was a big thing for you last year, as opposed to years past. Talk a little bit about that progression.

Aaron Breit: I was able to keep runners close. They weren't stealing as much on me. I was able to keep the ball down, getting ground balls and a lot of double plays. It worked out a lot.

You were obviously in the relief role first, and then you went into the rotation. Talk about that, and what the comfort level was like in each of those roles.

Aaron Breit: Each time I've felt comfortable. I got back in the groove to start again. This year they put me in the bullpen. Either one, I feel comfortable with.

Is there a different routine for each that you've got going on?

Aaron Breit: Oh yeah. There's a lot more time in between starts. You've got a lot more on the bullpen side that you have to work on. With the relief, you just go out, don't think, and throw it.

Obviously, we don't want to throw any teammates under the bus. It just seemed like there was a little bit of a lack of run support. Did you feel that, "it almost skewed my stats?" Like, how the hell did I only win two games?

Aaron Breit: No, I didn't think about that at all, really. I just went out and tried to give the team a chance to win. That's all you can do as a pitcher.

You mentioned holding the runners close. What changed to allow you to accomplish that?

Aaron Breit: I think I mixed my times up more and got quicker to the plate.

Without sacrificing the stuff? That's always the fear, I'd imagine.

Aaron Breit: Well, the off-season before last, I was able to work on the stretch and the speed of my delivery to the plate and keep them all down. So that helped out tremendously.

You had a lot of success with left-handed hitters last year. Is there something you can pinpoint as to why that was so?

Aaron Breit: My changeup was a lot better last year. My curve ball, I used that a lot against lefties as well. And, my fastball.

Two years ago, you always had the good curve ball. Sometimes, it seemed like you were hesitant to throw it. How did you get over the hump? Sometimes, it's tough to get that pitch called for a strike. You're like, how the hell is that not a strike? How do you get over that hump?

Aaron Breit: You just have to keep throwing it. Just be confidant with it, and make sure you throw it.

How did you battle through the failures? You've had some failures. You bounce back. It's been great to see.

Aaron Breit: I just try to keep my confidence level as high as I can. Try to be positive no matter how the outings are. Just keep my head up, and have fun playing the game. It's a great game to play.

What's been the improvements in the mechanics for you?

Aaron Breit: Just delivery, stand-back, being smooth, fluent through my delivery. It's helped me out a lot.

Is it to the point where it's repeatable and you can correct yourself?

Aaron Breit: Yeah, I feel it when I do something wrong. I feel like if I have a bad outing one day, then the next night, I'll come back and fix it.

How long did it take you to know your own body?

Aaron Breit: It's been two years and a lot of failure. It got into my head, and I knew I needed to fix something. A lot of hard work.

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?

Aaron Breit: I would probably take Wynn Pelzer's two-seam. It's just so sharp and late. Hitters just roll over it.

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

Aaron Breit: That's tough. Logan Forsythe. He's big for us this year. He's one guy that has patience at the plate and he can swing it. He has a lot of power, too.

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