"J.J. and I are first cousins. Our dads are
brothers, and both played on the pro tennis tour in the 1970s. For J.J.
and me it's been baseball, and we grew up together in Tucson until my family
moved to Boise when I was ten. But we're the same age, so we've remained
close. We hang out together in the offseason."
On following his cousin's progress:
"I follow him as much as I can. I've only had a
chance to see JJ play once this season, in Tampa Bay, but I keep track of him on
the internet, in USA Today, or on Sportscenter. The other day he went
3-for-4, and I thought to myself, "Way to go, J.J."
On their similarities and career paths:
"We both signed to go to the University of Arizona,
but he was a second round pick and went pro instead. I went the college
route and was drafted last year. People say we do a lot of things alike on
the field, and that we even look alike. But he's a big leaguer, and I'm
not at that level yet. That's a big difference."
On how his season has gone:
"I started the year in low-A, but struggled and got
sent down to the Gulf Coast League. I was there for five days when someone
got hurt, so they sent me back. But when the guy got healthy, it was down
to the GCL again. Now I'm here in Batavia. It's been a crazy year so
On his early struggles and his improvement in Batavia:
"I actually hit some line drives early in the season,
but they were always right at people. Then I began to get frustrated, and
started changing my swing to try to get going again. But instead of
helping, it got me into bad habits. The coaches worked to get me back
doing what I needed to do, and I finally have my confidence back to where it
should be. I'm hitting the ball pretty well right now."
On his defensive game:
"It's been good. Instructional League last year
helped a lot. I'm playing both second base and shortstop; probably more
shortstop right now. I think that's where my future is: somewhere up the
middle. Pretty much like J.J."