Pirates Prospect Interview: Noah Krol

Right-hander Noah Krol had a solid season with High Single A Bradenton. The 26-year reliever led both the Pirates system and the Florida State League with 34 saves, which he recorded in 40 opportunities and held opponents to a .212 batting average. He was 5-6 with a 3.08 ERA. Krol was an FSL mid season and postseason All Star. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Krol recently.

GVB -- Looking back at last season, were you pleased with your performance?

NK -- I was happy with it, but there is always room for improvement.

GVB -- Has one of big keys been dropping down to a sidearm delivery?

NK -- I went to spring training and I was throwing over the top like I'd been since I was little and about maybe halfway through they dropped me down to sidearm and they thought it gave me a better opportunity to better myself throwing sidearm and that I'd have more success doing that. So I dropped down and just kind of went from there with it.

GVB -- What has it meant for your ball movement?

NK -- If I throw it correctly it gives it more depth and try to get more ground balls with it and hopefully not throw as many pitches and get guys to swing early and swing often.

GVB -- Bradenton made the playoffs – are you excited about some of the prospects in the Pirates system?

NK -- I think we have a lot of promising guys in our system and not just in A ball but in Double A, they won their league. There are a lot of young guys in the system that play the game the right way and that's what the Pirates like.

GVB -- Tell me about you pitch repertoire?

NK -- I throw a fastball, slider and I have a change up that's a work in progress. I'm comfortable throwing the fastball and slider and the change up is a little different throwing it sidearm.

GVB -- What is your velocity like?

NK -- They wanted me to throw sidearm between 84 and 86 and get more depth.

GVB -- Are you comfortable in the closer's role?

NK -- I'm comfortable doing that, but I don't mind other roles. The year before I was more of a middle reliever and either one of those roles I enjoy. I just want to compete.

GVB -- You were drafted by the Tigers and released and are 26 years old, has it been a difficult road for you?

NK -- Things didn't work out when I was with the Tigers and they gave me my release and I got picked up by the Pirates. It was too hard of a transition. I knew a couple of guys that played for the Pirates and managers and pitching coaches and everybody in the organization has been great to get along with and work with. They tell you what is what and are straight forward with you.

GVB -- Do you feel you can get your career back on track after being derailed a little bit?

NK -- I hope so, that's what every player hopes and you won't know that until you get out there and do it. GVB -- What are some of the thing they have you working on?

NK -- The main thing is being consistent and throwing my fastball and slider and developing that change up so I can use it more.

GVB -- Have they told you where you might start out next season?

NK -- I hope to move up, but that all depends on what happens in spring training. There is going to be some good competition and you've got to compete and competition is the best thing, especially for the Pirates organization. If you are set and you know where you are you might slack off, so competition is a good thing.

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