RC Interview with Everett Teaford

Everett Teaford was selected by the Royals in the 12th round of the 2006 draft. The Georgia native began his professional career on a good note in Idaho Falls last year, compiling a 5-1 record with a 3.71 ERA for the Chukars. Now in the Burlington rotation, Teaford on Thursday pitched 5.2 strong innings, yielding three runs on nine hits. On Friday, RC sat down with Teaford to discuss his season

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Royals Corner: Everett, can you talk a little bit about the game last night? How'd you feel about it?

Everett Teaford: I struggled the last two outings, but I feel like things are starting to come around. I've been working with Bobby [St. Pierre] a little bit on my mechanics and getting everything figured out. But I feel like I'm making progress towards becoming a better pitcher. It's a little tougher than last year, but I know that if I pitch my game I can do well, and hopefully I'll keep succeeding.


Teaford warms up before Thursday's game as pitching coach Bobby St. Pierre looks on

RC: How do you think the season's going so far?

ET: We've been struggling, but we've got 142 games, so you can't get down early because there's a lot of baseball left. Everyone's had their bumps in the road. Hopefully we'll get them out of the way and have a good successful year.

RC: Have you noticed a big difference between the Midwest League hitters and those you faced in the Pioneer League last year?

ET: I don't know if it's that or if I just haven't been pitching as well as I did last year. I just haven't been as crisp as I was last year. Obviously people are going to be better the higher we move up. But I think that if I pitch my game, hopefully I'll keep moving up and keep succeeding.

RC: Talk a little bit about your pitches and repertoire.

ET: Well, my fastball has been kind of iffyish here. My command hasn't been as good as it was last year, but it's getting better. The changeup is kind of my second pitch -- I like to work the fastball/changeup combination. Curveball is situation, for guys that just have problems with that. But mainly fastball and changeup.


Teaford primarily works with his fastball and changeup

RC: Do you throw a four-seamer?

ET: Yeah, we've got the organizational rule with the four-seamer, but that never really affected me. I was always a four-seam guy to start, so it just kept on going for me.

RC: You signed last year and went to Idaho Falls. I know a lot of your teammates from Idaho Falls are on this club. Have you developed good friendships with any of the guys?

ET: Oh yeah, all the Idaho Falls guys are great. We all get along really well, and it's been a really fun team. There are no real problems in the clubhouse -- everyone likes everyone. So it's been good. We've just got to keep winning and everyone will be happy.

RC: You went to Georgia Southern and grew up in Georgia. Did you grow up a Braves fan?

ET: Oh yeah, always a Braves fan. TBS, 7:30 -- we were watching the game sitting there on the couch. But I've got family in Kansas City. My dad's from Kansas City, and it's nice to be a Royal.


Teaford played collegiately at Georgia Southern University

RC: Did you grow up idolizing Tom Glavine? Or who did you look up to on that Braves staff?

ET: Oh yeah, Tom Glavine was a big one. I remember running into him at the grocery store when I was four- or five-years old, and I just thought that that was the greatest thing in the world. I was actually also a big Steve Avery fan. A lot of people forget that he was with the Braves, and he was a pretty big prospect. But yeah, the Glavine, Maddux, and Smoltz era…it's tough to put three together like that.

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