Spring Training Q&A: Erik Lis

Erik Lis is one of the more polished hitters in the Minnesota Twins farm system, and TwinCitiesDugout.com was able to catch up with him for a quick interview during Spring Training. See what the young sluggers goals are for 2007, as well as so much more.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: You had a big year with the bat in 2006, Do you think you could have been promoted to Fort Myers?

Erik Lis: I was not really worried about that at the time. I was more worried with getting up to the plate, and getting good at-bats. I was just trying to help my team win everyday, and work on my defense, which is a big thing for me. I really hoped to get off to a good start defensively this Spring Training as well.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: Was that one of your goals this off-season?

Erik Lis: Yeah, Definitely. Working on my defense was key for me, so I worked on it a lot this off-season, and so far this Spring.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: How would describe yourself as a hitter?

Erik Lis: One thing I am big on is getting a good pitch to hit. Just get a good pitch and try to make contact. I try not to beat myself up mentally. I try not to get too far in the count, and cut down on my strikeouts by not getting down on myself. I think I did a pretty good job of that last season.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: You attended Evansville University, and had a standout college career. Do you think playing college ball helped you?

Erik Lis: Definitely. I know, personally, that after my senior year of high school that I would not be ready for professional baseball. Playing three years of college ball, and playing in wood bat leagues in the summer, really helped me mature as a hitter. I really think that it helped a lot.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: What are some of the things you do in the off-season to get ready for the year?

Erik Lis: Well, being up north, it is hard to get outside because of the weather. One thing I do is just work out a lot, work on my flexibility, get in shape. I just try to get stronger for the season. I try to do as much as I can do inside. I just do a lot of tee work, and basically do the fundamental things to work on my swing.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: What are some goals you have for the 2007 season?

Erik Lis: My main goal is to just stay healthy. I'm going to try to stay consistent, and play hard every game. Get through the ups and downs of the season, and hopefully get promoted.

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