RC Interview with Adam Donachie

The last four months have been quite interesting for Adam Donachie. In December, the 23-year old catcher was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule 5 draft. However, he faced an uphill battle to win a spot on the Orioles' roster, and he was returned to the Royals shortly before the season began. On Saturday, RC caught up with Donachie to discuss his offseason journey.

Royals Corner: Adam, you had something of a whirlwind offseason, being selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule 5 draft and then coming back to Kansas City. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Adam Donachie: Yeah, it was very surprising at the time. I knew what was going on, and I knew when the draft was. And I knew I was protected on the Triple-A roster. I got a bunch of phone calls early in the morning, because I was on the West Coast and it was really early in the morning when they called me. I missed them all, but I finally checked my messages. It was unbelievable, and I still can't believe it happened.

RC: Did that change the way you prepared for the season at all? Did you have to scale up your offseason work?

AD: Not really. I just stuck with what I did and went into camp with the Orioles down in Fort Lauderdale with an open mind, and I enjoyed the time I was there. It was good to have the opportunity, and I think I made the best of it. It was just one of those things – there just wasn't enough room for me.


Donachie's greatest asset is his defense

RC: What was it like competing for a big league job?

AD: It was exciting, seeing all the guys you've seen on TV for the last ten years. Now you're playing with them and some against them. It was unbelievable, and I had a great time.

RC: You're known for your defense behind the plate. Can you talk a little bit about your defensive approach?

AD: I've always been a catch-and-throw guy. They always said that defense can carry you a long way, and handling pitchers very well. That's really what I trying to do the most. Hitting for me is just a plus. I just try to be a situational hitter and try to help the ballclub out and get some wins. But for me the main thing is getting to know the pitchers well and handling them the way they need to be handled.

RC: How would you describe your offensive appoach at the plate? What are some things you're working on?

AD: I've been kind of a free swinger, but I've been a lot more disciplined for the past couple of years. I've been trying to work on that the most. I feel that this past fall league I got to work out a lot in Arizona with the hitting coach Andre David, and we worked quite a bit. He got me in a good routine, and it's been helping out ever since. I'm anxious to finally get the season going, so I can keep it going.


Donachie is working on being more patient at the plate

RC: What are your goals for the rest of the season?

AD: Just to come out here, come to the field, and just try to win some ballgames. Of course, you have your personal goals, your hitting and catching and all that. But right now, I'm just trying to get some wins for the team and have a good season.


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