GH -- It was exciting. I am looking forward to helping the Pirates in the future.
GVB -- You have been traded twice now in your young career – has changing organizations hindered your development as a player?
GH -- It's hard, you get comfortable with one team, and you're doing good, and then you're gone. But, you just play hard wherever you go. It's an adjustment and a change but baseball is baseball wherever you are playing.
GVB -- Was there a big adjustment between the Southern League and the Eastern League?
GH -- When I played for the Mississippi Braves, it was very different from here. The pitchers (EL) are different, but that's OK. You just have to focus.
GVB -- Scouting reports have indicated you have to work on plate discipline and cut down on strikeouts – is this an area of your game that you are working on and what other parts of your game do you feel you need to work on?
GH -- Yes, I'm working on cutting down the strikeouts. Right now, my problem is hitting, but I'm working everyday in the cage and on the field with the hitting coach (Ryan Long). I can run and I can throw, but I must improve my hitting. I'm trying to get on base more so I can use my speed to help the team.
GVB -- You are blessed with good speed do you project yourself as a top of the lineup type of hitter?
GH -- I think so. My game is to set the table, steal bases and hopefully score lots of runs.
GVB -- How do you feel about your defense and are you comfortable with your progress there?
GH -- I think that's the strongest part of my game right now.
GVB -- How are you adjusting to your new surroundings in Altoona?
GH -- I played with (Jonel) Pacheco and (Jose) Tabata on the same team in winter ball in Venezuela. I like Altoona. It's a very good ballpark and a very good team. Right now, we're struggling a little as a team, but we're playing hard.
GVB -- Do you have a timetable for reaching the major leagues and do you feel that you have an opportunity to advance quickly in the Pirates organization?
GH -- Whenever the Pirates feel I'm ready, I just try to play hard every day and they will let me know when I'm ready.