BF-- I enjoyed it – I went into it looking at it as a learning experience and it definitely was. It was kind of a weird year going from college to playing professional baseball and the biggest adjustment was learning how to play everyday and keep yourself in shape and strong. But I had a lot of fun and it was a good place to start up at State College.
GVB-- What was the biggest difference in the pro game?
BF-- The biggest thing for me has been the grind and I would say the second thing – everyone talks about the wood bat, but you are facing pitchers and everybody is a good pitcher. You are not facing any slouches where you are padding your stats. That goes along with the grind – you've got to be focused every single inning.
GVB-- What are some of the things they have had you working on?
BF-- Tony Beasley was the infield coordinator last year and he really helped me out with a few minor things – with my defense – with my setup and approach. Little things and with my hitting Greg Ritchie and I have been working moving my hands a little bit and getting more rhythm in my swing. Nothing too major, but just a lot of little things and they really preach about playing the game the right way.
GVB-- What do you consider your strengths as a player?
BF-- My strengths at shortstop is defense and I pride myself on playing good defense and a complete game, but my number one focus is defense. At the same time I don't consider myself a slouch at the plate and that's an area I'm constantly trying to improve also.