TCD Interview: Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox is one of the better young arms in the Twins organization, and had it not been for a career-threatening injury, could possibly be a top-5 prospects right now. However, he has battled back from injury, and has re-established himself as one of the better righties on the farm. On Wednesday, Fox sat down with TwinCitiesDugout.com for a Q&A session.

TwinCitiesDugout.com:First off, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. What does your repertoire consist of?
Matthew Fox: I throw a four-seam fastball, a curveball, a slider, and a change.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: Of all your pitches, which one would you consider your out-pitch?
Matthew Fox: I'd consider my out-pitch to be a tie between my fastball and my slider. I just try to locate both of those and getting someone to rollover or swing and miss.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: How have you had to adjust as a pitcher since the surgery?
Matthew Fox: Before my surgery, I was a relatively young pitcher, and played both shortstop and pitcher in high school and college. Back in college I was able to get by with mostly my fastball and one of my breaking balls I would just pound people with a strong fastball and slider. Now I am not throwing as hard as I used to, though I feel I will again soon. I have been more focused on throwing off the hitters timing and throwing different pitches in different counts. I'm a more complete pitcher now, just hoping to get my pre-surgery stuff back.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: Do you feel like you are back to 100 percent?
Matthew Fox: I feel like I am close. My velocity is two to four miles per hour away, though sometimes in the 90's, and my breaking balls are just a tad less consistent and sharp as they were. But I'm happy where I'm at.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: Do you ever worry when you reach back for the fastball?
Matthew Fox: That comes with any surgery. The first year out of surgery, my mind was holding me back, definitely! The second year, for a month or so, I felt my mind was strong and I had no fear in letting it go. But sometimes I would find my body physically holding myself back without my mind knowing it. Now, I feel good and strong and am ready to be back at 100 percent.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: What are your goals for the 2008 season?
Matthew Fox: My goals are to make Fort Myers as a Starting Pitcher and not end up there. I'm 25 now, and I do know that, but consider myself a relatively young pitcher. My goal is to work hard and not let anything hold me back and not worry about anything but getting better each day!

TwinCitiesDugout.com would like to thank Matt for taking time out of his busy off-season schedule to answer our questions. We all expect a huge year out of Matt this coming season and wish him a successful and healthy 2008 season.


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