PD – Some players might prefer one position, but you embrace the versatility don't you?
AF – For sure and especially with the Pirates organization and the great season they are having to be able to get to the minor leagues and have that opportunity, to get to the big leagues you've got to be able play more than one position. I know Clint Hurdle really values that with Josh Harrison and Jung Ho Kang, that's what they do for the big league team and I feel I've got to do the same thing to have an opportunity to succeed.
PD – You on the disabled list early with an injured finger, how did you injure that finger in spring training?
AF – It was in fly ball drills and I took a fly ball of the finger and just broke it and it set me back. I've never been out during the season like that before. I was chomping at the bit to get back. I didn't like missing a whole month of the season. It was tough, but that just made me hungry to get going.
PD – Was this your first experience with cold weather? You are a Georgia guy, how did you handle the cold weather early?
AF – Being injured that first month I got to miss a lot of it.
PD – You had a disappointing season in 2014 at High A Bradenton. How much did fatigue play into what happened?
AF – It really opened my eyes to what goes into this. Coming into my first off season after I had played baseball for four months in a row (in 2013), I'd never done that before, so I didn't know how to prepare myself or how to go about it. … I learned a lot. It was pretty humbling.
AF – Oh there's no doubt. It just makes it that much easier for the next guy to do better. You've got to carry each other in the minor leagues. We kind of help each other out. It almost contagious you know at the plate.
PD – You got to watch Tyler Glasnow before he got moved to Triple A, how good is Glasnow?
AF – He's unbelievable, if he didn't get injured for a little while he might be in Pittsburgh right now.
PD – You are feeling comfortable at the plate, are you hopeful for a promotion to Triple A?
AF – The more positions you can play, the better your chances are of getting to the show. We've sent like 12 guys to Triple-A so far, so it speaks volumes about our program and our organization and how they prepare guys. But I just take it day by day. You play your best, and that opportunity will come. But you've got to be patient.