Padres Draft Interview: Jose Dore

The San Digo Padres selected Jose Dore in the eighth-round of the 2010 MLB Draft, knowing he might be a tough sign because of his commitment to Florida State. He has a good relationship with the Padres area scout. Could that sway things?

Talk a little bit about getting drafted in the eighth-round by the San Diego Padres?

Jose Dore: I am really excited. I have been looking forward to the draft since I was a little kid and I am happy someone picked me up.

You have a Florida State commitment. How tough is it going to be to get you away from that?

Jose Dore: It is going to be tough, but also since I was a kid, people always asked me what I wanted to do and it has always been baseball. The only way to become a pro baseball player is to go this route, I feel.

Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses on the baseball field.

Jose Dore: My strengths are my bat and my arm. I hit for power and I have a really good arm from the outfield. My weaknesses are that I do not have too much speed.

Can you improve speed? How do you go about doing that?

Jose Dore: I feel I can improve speed. My freshman year I ran an 8 flat in the 60. This past year I was down to a 6.9 or 6.8. I feel I can improve that even more with some more training.

What do you look forward to as you are on the doorstep of professional baseball?

Jose Dore: The adversity is the thing I like. I like to be challenged. I feel that going this route will challenge me the most in how I get through things.

Were you surprised to see your own scouting video on Did you ever say, "Wow", that is me up there?

Jose Dore: It was pretty shocking. It is a dream come true to me.

What do you need to do to really improve and take your game to the next level?

Jose Dore: Play the game every day. I feel my tools and my heart and my work ethic will get me to where I want to go. I have mind set and that is what is going to push me over the top.

Have there been comparisons to a Major League player. Has someone said you remind of them of a particular player?

Jose Dore: Yes. The other day I was compared to a Luis Gonzalez. A guy came up to me and said, "Hey, you know that guy that hit the walk-off against the Yankees?" I said, "Yes, Luis Gonzalez." And he said, "Your swing looks just like his." I just said "Thank you."

Were you surprised that it was the Padres that took you?

Jose Dore: Not really. I have a good relationship with our area scout over here. It was one of the teams that I though might take me out of five or six possible teams.

Do you feel like you need to fill out your frame in order to tap into that "power potential" you talked about earlier?

Jose Dore: Yes. My body frame at 175 pounds and still able to hit balls in the upper deck. I can't imagine when I get to 190, 200.

You were throwing 88 mph off the mound back at some showcase as I recall. What was the feeling of pitching versus hitting for you.

Jose Dore: Pitching is something that I feel I would do at the end of my career if I can't hit anymore or I don't make it as a hitter. But I like doing anything with baseball, so they are kind of the same.

How important will pitch selection be to your overall game?

Jose Dore: It is huge. It has to do with every at-bat. It affects your batting average dramatically. I think it is huge.

What would your teammates say about the way you play the game?

Jose Dore: My teammates would say I am a hard worker and a team player who is always there to back all my teammates no matter what situation we are in in order to build the team and take it to the next level.

I talked to the Padres and they mentioned that you have great makeup. What does that mean?

Jose Dore: To me that is the person who is able to get along with people but also keep things in structure. Easy to talk to and hang out with and help motivate people around you. An all around good person.

What is the transition going to be to go to the wood bat?

Jose Dore: The transition for me will not be that dramatic. Personally, I have liked hitting with a wood bat more than aluminum bats since being a freshman in high school. I wish we were allowed to use wood bats in high school, but our coaches won't allow it in order to keep the competitive edge. I swing a wood bat all year until the spring. It is what I like doing.

The first thing you do when you hear you are selected is go out and take more swings. You don't celebrate. It is go back to baseball.

Jose Dore: That sort of is my celebration. I was excited. It was the first time I was hitting as a pro player and I am ready to get to work for the Padres and work my way up as fast as I can.

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