Twins Prospect Interview: Eli Tintor

Eli Tintor is a young outfield prospect from Minnesota, who has become one of the better outfield prospects in the Twins organization over the past two years. On Tuesday, Tintor sat down with for a question and answer session. How big a difference is there between High-A and Low-A ball?

Eli Tintor: Well there is not much difference just the game is a little more crisp and cleaned up with better defensive play and the pitchers can spot up there pitchers a little better.

TwinCitiesDugout: Where do you feel you are best suited in a lineup?

Tintor: Well that would depend on what level I am at but if I am thinking of the future, and say I make it to the Big Leagues, I would probably say a 5 or 6 hole hitter. But anything can happen, so I have no idea where they would want me. I'll just wait for my development to see where it takes me.

TwinCitiesDugout:You seem to have great extra-base hit potential. Is that something you try to do every time up?

Tintor: Well, yeah you know I don't think of myself as a very weak person, and I try to focus hitting the ball back up the middle and shoot the gaps. So if you do that, the ball will find the holes leading to extra base hits and hard hit balls.

TwinCitiesDugout: How do you change your approach based on the pitching match-up?

Tintor: I don't change my approach really. It doesn't matter who is up on the mound. They still have to pitch the ball and bring it across the plate, so if you can just sit back, see the ball, and get a good swing on it, you will be alright.

TwinCitiesDugout: You are an above average fielder. Do you take pride in your defense?

Tintor:Yeah defense is big for me. I mean, it is part of the game so why not take it serious. I like being able to finish and inning and say I struck out, I like being able to go out to play defense, and not having to worry about it anymore, and just being able to focus on my defense. Just take the game serious and hopefully it will be good to you.

TwinCitiesDugout: Being from Minnesota, would it be a dream to play in their new stadium?

Tintor: Yeah, that would be great and everything, and yeah it would be my dream, but i wouldn't mind making it to the big leagues regardless of what team it is with. But yeah, the Twins would be my dream scenario.

TwinCitiesDugout: What kind of things do you work on in the off-season?

Tintor: Work out and hit. I do all that I can possibly do up in Hibbing (Minnesota). I usually go down to Fort Myers after New Years, so I go down there and really get to work so I always am trying to get a little better.

TwinCitiesDugout: Which person in the organization has helped with your development?

Tintor: Well, this year didn't start off so hot for me. I had a lot of different things running through my head in Fort Myers. But when I was sent to Beloit, my manager Jeff Smith, and hitting coach Rudy Hernandez, really helped me get my confidence back. Just by treating me like a human being and being positive with me, they really helped me out a lot. So I would have to say those two guys deserve the credit with that.

TwinCitiesDugout: Who is the one pitcher in the organization you hate to face?

Tintor: Well, not to sound like any of the pitchers are bad or anything, because we have outstanding pitching, but if you go into the batters box intimidated by who's pitching, you're not going to have very much success. It doesn't matter who is on the mound, they have to get the ball by you and that's what you should be thinking, that they have to beat you.

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