RC Interview with Brady Everett

The Royals drafted Brady Everett out of Washington State in the 15th round of the 2005 draft. Since signing, Everett has brought a potent bat to the Royals' system, as the catcher/first baseman has logged a career line of .282/.365/.427 in three seasons. Repeating Burlington this year, Everett is having a fine season, and Scout.com's Zachary Hammer recently caught up with him for a chat.

Royals Corner: Did playing in the Pac 10 better prepare yourself for the rigors of full season ball?

Brady Everett: I think it helped me, but I don't think anything can prepare you to play every day like you do in full season ball. But I think seeing the pretty good arms on a consistent basis really helped.

RC: You were hitting pretty well before the All-Star break, but came back even better. Did that give you a little time to rest?

BE: I would rather not have any days off, to be honest. I'd rather keep going. If you're in a good groove, just keep playing and don't really change anything. I think that's a time to work on what you're doing well and just not try to overwork but keep doing what you're doing well. But I would rather not have any days off.

RC: Is the 140+ game schedule taking a toll on you, and has the skipper been able to get you some time off when you need a couple days?

BE: I started the season catching a lot, and now we have three guys on the team. It's been nice to be able to play some DH and first base. That's easier on the legs, and with the mental approach, it allows you to concentrate on hitting a little more than being behind the plate and calling games.

Despite a slow August, Everett is hitting .278/.338/.444 with eight homers and 24 doubles this season

RC: You seem to hit lefties better than righties. Is there a difference in your approach between the two?

BE: No, not really. I just try to have the same approach every time, and just adjust from pitch to pitch, rather than adjust between a right hander and a lefty. I just look at the situation and adjust from there and go about my at bats from pitch to pitch. Most of the time, there's really no difference.

RC: What types of things are you working on at the plate?

BE: The only thing I'm really working on is to keep making solid contact, and having a good approach and not trying to do too much at a certain time. Just staying level all the time and having the same approach no matter what, and just trying to hit the ball hard. And if the ball falls, it falls.

RC: What are you working on defensively in order to make the jump to the next level?

BE: On defense I'm just trying to find a spot where I can play every day. Whether that be outfield, first base, behind the plate, or DH here and there, I need to get on the field and play somewhere and try to solidify myself at a defensive position every day.

RC: Are you starting to feel a little more comfortable playing positions other than catcher?

BE: Oh definitely. It's always a little bit of a relief, because there's a lot of responsibility behind the plate. Other positions have responsibility as well, but you're out there more to help out the pitcher and catcher rather than doing it all between the pitcher and catcher. So it's a little more relaxing and you can focus a little bit more on your hitting approach.

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