Q&A with Kevin Nelson

Recently, PinstripesPlus.com sat down for a quick question and answer session with Charleston RiverDog catcher Kevin Nelson. In his six games played with the RiverDogs, Nelson is batting .333 with two doubles.

PinstripesPlus.com: What do you view as your strengths as a player?

Kevin Nelson: Well, I definitely pride myself on defense, catching ability, and stuff like that. I think that helps not just the pitcher to have a good catcher up there, but also helps with tempo of the game with the rest of infield and outfielders.

PinstripesPlus: What are your weaknesses as a player?

Nelson: I'd like to say I don't have any weaknesses, but yeah in seriousness, yes of course there are weaknesses. I think there is always stuff that not only myself but anyone as a player you can always improve on. Getting to know the game, hitting stand point, seeing pitches, getting the right pitch to hit in a certain count, I think that is always something you can work on.

PinstripesPlus: What is the biggest thing you are working on?

Nelson: Right now it has been my hitting. I haven't been playing this whole year, I haven't been playing much. So right now it is getting in there and getting the timing down, and hitting. Getting mechanics squared away. Taking it into the game and just letting it happen.

PinstripesPlus: What are your thoughts on being in Charleston?

Nelson: I like it, because it is going to give me an opportunity to play.

PinstripesPlus: What type of hitter do you view yourself as?

Nelson: Right now, I'd say contact. I think the power is something that is going to come over time. I mean, in batting practice I see signs of power, in the game can't worry about that. I just want to put the bat on the ball and the power will work itself out.

PinstripesPlus: Have the Yankees given you any indication as to what they want from you?

Nelson: Not really.

PinstripesPlus: You have not had a chance to play much in your pro career, but in your limited time is there a pitcher that stands out as having great stuff?

Nelson: Yeah, T.J. Beam is an example. He's somebody I caught the past three years. He's been working on some things and been throwing the ball really well.

PinstripesPlus: How good do you think your throwing arm is?

Nelson: I think it can be a Major League caliber arm. There is a certain consistency that needs to also go with it more. Getting the release quicker, getting throws down to second base a little quicker, footwork, that kind of stuff that goes along with it.

PinstripesPlus: Do you feel you face an up-hill battle to reach the majors as an undrafted college player?

Nelson: Yes, because I think anyone faces an uphill battle to get to the majors. I don't think there is too many people out there that are playing that has the fast track to the majors. Yeah I do though, I think I need exceptionally harder and try to turn some more heads.

PinstripesPlus: What type of club house personality do you feel you have?

Nelson: I think I have a good clubhouse personality. I think I'm a little of both when it comes to being a leader by example and vocal leader.


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