Pirates Prospect Interview: Chase d'Arnaud

Shortstop Chase d'Arnaud was the Pittsburgh Pirates' fourth-round selection out of Pepperdine in last summer's amateur baseball draft. He hit .286 in 43 games in the New York-Penn League last summer. So far this season the 22-year old is batting .311 with two home runs and 21 RBI for the Class A West Virginia Power. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with d'Arnaud recently.

GVB -- You had your first taste of pro ball last season – were you pleased with the way you played?

Cd -- It was a great experience. State College is a great town and the quality of baseball is definitely better. The competition was good – everything about it is exactly how I thought it would be.

GVB -- You participated in the Florida Instructional League – what were some of the things they had you working on?

Cd GVB -- You are off to a pretty good start at the plate – are you pleased with the way you are hitting?

Cd -- I'm pleased it always takes pressure off yourself. I've seen the ball really well so far, but I think all the work we did during spring training has really contributed to my performance this year. Hopefully I can just continue doing what I've been doing. I'm just sticking to my approach, and not changing it unless I have to make an in game adjustment. I'm not trying to do too much. I'm just trying to stay within myself and stay within our team approach. I really feel like I have my head on straight and I'm thinking clearly – my patience and my approach have been consistent. This year my goal is to be as consistent as possible.

GVB -- You are making the transition back to shortstop after playing third base as a freshman and sophomore at Pepperdine – has it been a difficult transition for you?

Cd -- It definitely was – going from shortstop to third base my freshman year in college was very difficult. When you're a shortstop you have to move around a lot and you're involved in every play and at the end of the game you're mentally exhausted more than physically. Whereas third base is just reaction at that position and your range you don't need to move as far to your left or your right. Going back to short was the hard part and I'm starting to get a feel for it again.

GVB -- You recently played against your brother Travis who is a catcher with Lakewood. What was that like for you?

Cd -- It was awesome – how many players get to play against their brother especially in baseball. We track each other, but I don't think we really look at each others stats. I don't get caught up in stats and I wish the scoreboard didn't even show that kind of stuff. I just like to think about having quality at bats every time I come to the plate.

GVB -- How do you feel about your progress so far in the Pirates system?

Cd -- I feel like I'm on track and I'm very comfortable right now. The coaching has really been a big help and I've bought into everything that they've said and I'm pleased with the way I'm playing right now.


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