Maloney Ready To Tackle The Jump To Reading

Matt Maloney doesn't figure on doing anything differently as he prepares for his first start at Double-A ball. Instead, he just worked hard during the off-season and is focused on being as good as he can be at whatever level he pitches at.

Matt Maloney admits that he thought last season might be a long one at Lakewood after the BlueClaws lost their first nine games of the season. Slowly though, the BlueClaws made believers of each other and late in the first half of the season, things just started to fall into place. "I did think we were in for a long season after that start. Late in the first half though we started winning and all of a sudden we realized we could do something good in the second half. We just took off from there," said Maloney.

After last season, the Phillies let Maloney know that their plan was to send him to Double-A ball rather than have him move just one level to High-A Clearwater. "It was just good to know that they planned to skip me ahead," said Maloney about the advance notice. Even though he was skipping a level, Maloney didn't focus on that, he just focused on what he needed to do to keep getting better. He worked with a personal trainer in Ohio and was throwing every day and working out five days a week to get stronger. It's something that Maloney planned on doing even before he knew where he would be headed in 2007. "There are certain things that you just have to do whether you're at A ball or Double-A or wherever," said Maloney. "I just always want to be ready to go and produce and not think about what I should have done."

In talking with Maloney, you learn that he doesn't let much throw him off course. Jump two levels? No problem. "They've [other players] told me what to expect in this league, but I don't worry about it," said Maloney. Pitch in the cold? No Problem. "I don't do anything different. I just do what I normally do; go out there and pitch." It's just business as usual for Maloney, even though the Reading forecast for Friday (when he makes his first start) is calling for a game time temperature of around 40 degrees with 20 mile per hour winds. "You gotta deal with it. You can't change the weather, so you just go out there and pitch," said Maloney.

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