TCD Interview: Prospect #31 Evan Bigley

The Minnesota Twins drafted Bigley out of Dallas Baptist College in 2008, and he made an immediate impact, blasting 14 home runs in his professional debut. After helping Elizabethton to a league championship, Bigley talks to us about his 2009 goals, as well as so much more. Thanks for taking the time to field our questions. I will start by asking you what you feel is your best attribute.

Evan Bigley: I believe I'm a five tool player that can contribute to the team at any point. I think my hitting is the best and defense is up there as well.

TwinCitiesDugout: What was it like playing for a championship team in Elizabethton in your first year with the organization?

Bigley:what was it like playing for a championship team in your first year with Etown?

Bigley: It was a great experience. I was really close to every one of the guys and we put in a lot of hard work to achieve the championship. I have never won something like that before so it was awesome being able to dog pile after the win. You mashed 14 home runs in 2008. Would you consider yourself a power hitter?

Bigley: Well i didn't start hitting homeruns until my senior year in high school, but I've put a lot of work in the weight room and its paying off. But I guess you can say that I'm a power hitter. What kind of work do you do in the off-season?

Bigley: I train at my college, Dallas Baptist University. I have a few buddies that are in the minor leagues as well, and they also train with me. We pretty much throw, hit, run, and lift almost every day. We get after it pretty good. Do you think playing in college helped you make the jump to the pro ranks more so than a guy straight out of high school?

Bigley: Yeah, I think so because I had a really good hitting coach, and being able to face other colleges' number ones and twos helped me a lot coming in seeing good pitchers every day. I grew up a lot in college. What kind of adjustment do you think it will be playing a full season slate in 2009?

Bigley: Just having to get your mind right every day. Knowing that it's going be a long season and hard on your body. You just have to be mentally prepared and keep your body in good shape., talk about your goals for the 2009 season? Maybe a midwest league championship?

Bigley: My goals are just being consistent in my approach and play the game hard every day. Hopefully I will get the call up to Fort Myers, and a Midwest League Championship would be icing on the cake. I think it's going to be a lot of the same guys from the Elizabethton team, so we have a good chance. would like to thank Evan Bigley for taking time out of his busy schedule to sit down with us for an interview. He is one of the top prospects in the organization, and we wish him a healthy and successful 2009 season.

Scouting Report.

Batting and Power. Bigley can do it all at the plate, and he showed that in 2008. A power hitter with the ability to hit for average, Bigley will be in the middle of the lineup for the Beloit Snappers to open the 2009 season. The Twins do not have many legitimate power guys, so Bigley could move quickly. He has gap power, can hit it out of any park, and has an advanced batting eye. Truly the whole package at the plate.

Baserunning and Speed. Bigley is an above average runner, who can swipe a bag when given the green light. Though he only swiped two bags in 2008, Bigley should be a 10-15 bag guy throughout his career. He is also a very good baserunner, meaning that he does not make any mistakes when he gets on. He will definitely not hurt his team on the basepaths.

Defense. Bigley has an above average arm, and he is slated to be a corner outfielder in the Twins organization. He can play all three positions right now, but he is likely headed for right field, due to his ability to strike down runners. He also gets to every ball, though he did struggle at times in the outfield in Elizabethton last season.

ETA. 2011. Bigley should make a fast move through the organization, though it is an organization stockpiled with outfield prospects, some of whom the Twins spent a lot of money on. Still, if he continues to develop at the plate, he will make a name for himself within the organization, and possibly out. I look for him to finish the year in Fort Myers in 2009, and be in New Britain by 2010. From there, it all depends on whether the Twins keep him, or he become trade bait. Whomever he gets the call for, Bigley should be a very good high level player.

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