Padres Prospect Interview: Evan Scribner

San Antonio, TX: Relief pitcher Evan Scribner was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th-round of the 2007 draft out of Central Connecticut State University. He was acquired by the Dan Diego Padres in a trade for Tony Clark in 2008.

Scribner, 24, finished his four-year career as the Blue Devils all-time leader in saves and among the leaders in wins. In his senior year, he finished with a 6-6 record and a 2.78 ERA. In addition to coming out of the bullpen, he started nine games and made 21 overall appearances, striking out 84 batters in 77.2 innings against only 15 walks.

In his first year in professional ball, he rose up to the High-A level with Visalia before being traded to the Padres and being assigned to Lake Elsinore. With the Storm he was 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA, striking out 31 batters against only three walks.

Last year in San Antonio he was very good in the first half, going 4-1 with 13 saves in 15 opportunities with a 2.02 ERA and a 35/9 K/BB ratio in 35.2 innings pitched. The second half was another story as he went 4-3 and blew 7-of-15 save opportunities.

This year, he has reverted back to his first half success in one of the better bullpens in the minor leagues.

Last year, you started off real strong and faded in the second half. What happened? Did the heat wear you down?

Evan Scribner: Could have been. I think it was a mixture of a few things, the biggest was that I was leaving my fastball up in the zone and they were hitting it. I was relying a little too much on my fastball and not using my curve as much as I should have.

This year you have really been putting up some numbers. What did you do differently this off-season to improve?

Evan Scribner: Nothing really, pretty much had the same program. I worked out everyday in the cold in Connecticut. I came out to Arizona in January, a month early, so I could get my throwing and running in, which is much easier than Connecticut.

I guess the biggest change from last year is mechanically, just getting more on top of the ball and trying to pitch downhill.

It sounds like the biggest thing you are doing is getting more experience and learning how to pitch.

Evan Scribner: I was here last year and so I kind of have an idea of what I'm supposed to do. Try to throw inside a little more, use my curve and keep them on their toes.

What exactly do you throw? Do you throw more of a two or four-seam fastball?

Evan Scribner: I only throw a four-seam fastball.

And for your breaking pitch?

Evan Scribner: A curveball, no slider.

No changeup?

Evan Scribner: No, changeup. Mine is really bad.

How can a Padres' pitcher possibly not throw a changeup they beat that into you guys from birth?

Evan Scribner: [laughs] I know, I know. It's just really bad but I am starting to throw a cutter. When I went to the [Arizona] Fall League, I was throwing it some, but I haven't really used it this year; but maybe in the second half.

You've put up some really good splits with your strikeout to base-on-balls numbers. Those are some really good numbers for someone who only throws two pitches. It doesn't seem like you are giving into anyone.

Evan Scribner: I have been trying to go right at hitters, especially trying to get ahead of them. If I get ahead, then I can use my curveball more.

I know this is a pitcher's park, but this bullpen is really impressive. All of you guys can throw heat and strikes. It has to be one of the best that you have been a part off.

Evan Scribner: It is unbelievable. I don't look at the stats that often, but I can imagine they are impressive. We really have some quality guys, and it will be interesting at the end of the year.

You guys have four closers in you, Brandon Gomes, Bryan Oland and Craig Italiano.

Evan Scribner: All of us can really close and Doug [Dascenzo, the Missions manager] has had us going two innings some to get us used to middle relief, which is where we will start if we make it to the big leagues; and that is a little different from just going one.

What is the biggest thing you need to do to improve upon. Is there a certain pitch?

Evan Scribner: I'm feeling pretty good about my pitches, right now its just getting used to going more than one inning. The other night I went two and I was a little tired [laughs], that has to change.

Who is the most underrated player on your squad?

Evan Scribner: I don't know how underrated he is now, but I would say Andy Parrino. I know how hard he worked with us to break in spring and just missed and he has really helped us out a lot. He can play outfield, infield, switch-hitter and even pitch a little. Have to like that.

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