TigsTown: You were drafted after your Junior year but decided not to sign, why?
Jeff Larish: "I didn't have all that great of a year and it didn't live up to my expectations. I really didn't want to leave college on that note, and I wanted another shot at the College World Series."
TT: You were a projected 1st rounder but was drafted in the 5th, was that frustrating?
JL: "Yeah, going into my junior year I was expected to go high, and then after going back to school I dropped. But I believe that everything happens for a reason and I'm very content where I'm at. The draft is just the start of your career and it doesn't dictate if you make it to the major leagues."
TT: Does that disappointment motivate you?
JL: "Definitely, just knowing my ability and dropping like that motivated me more."
TT: Were you excited about being drafted by the Tigers?
JL: "I was but I honestly didn't know a lot about the organization. I learned that there are great people up and down this organization, and getting out and meeting everybody I have enjoyed everything about it."
TT: Have you always been a power hitter?
JL: "It's come with maturity and putting on size and understanding my strengths and getting pitches to drive."
TT: You have been consistent all year with no real dropoff in production, what do you attribute that to?
JL: "I've been fortunate enough to have been around great people and it continues everywhere I go here. It is a goal of mine to be consistent and I feel that I am capable of being more consistent. There are some adjustments that have been made and it has been a good year."
TT: You have a tremendous eye at the plate, where did that come from?
JL: "I remember when I was younger and my dad would throw to me and I just learned the strike zone. I learned to take pitches and it's something I take advantage of"
TT: Do you think you'll be back in Lakeland next season?
JL: Well, I have enjoyed my time here, but my goal is to make the big club so I hope to continue my progress through the organization."
TT: Have you heard anything about moving or do you even pay attention to that?
JL: "I really don't pay attention because rumors always swirl and speculations are made but you really never know until the decision is made. I try to just go about my business and do what I need to do that day."