Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, October 18, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 0
On Monday October 13, I had some time to kill after arriving in Scottsdale for business and wandered over to Scottsdale Stadium, just a block from my hotel, where the Arizona Fall League was taking place. As luck had it, the Scottsdale Scorpions were playing and I was able to get press credentials. I conducted a number of interviews with some of the Phillies’ players and coaches who were in attendance. Come back each day to see the latest interview!
Ray Burris spent 15 years in the Major Leagues, spending time with the Cubs, Yankees, Mets, Expos, A’s, Brewers, and Cardinals. Still as lively as ever at age 64, Burris is now the pitching coach for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the pitching coach for the Arizona Fall League’s Scottsdale Scorpions.
Ian Riccaboni, Phillies Nation: Ethan Stewart is a guy who got off to a real good start with six strikeouts in three-plus innings. What’s Ethan doing right now that is making him so effective?
Ray Burris: Well, the one thing that he’s doing is that he’s learned his delivery and how to repeat it. He’s a young man that has a lot of upside, he’s a big guy, left-handed on top of that. But understanding his delivery, what he has to do day in and day out, to make that work for him is key. He’s gotten off to a good start, hopefully he can maintain that and have a good season in the Fall League.
IR: There are a lot more Phillies than there have been in previous years, the last few years. Colton Murray is a guy who has been in the lower levels, Ryan O’Sullivan is a guy who is climbing up the ranks as well. What are guys like Murray and O’Sullivan looking to work on in the Fall League?
RB: Well, for a guy like Colton Murray it is learning how to control the strike zone and learning how to repeat his delivery. Most of these guys are learning how to repeat their delivery. What we’re doing with them is teaching them what it takes to know your delivery. If they don’t know their delivery, they can’t repeat it. That’s the first the step of their learning process down here. Continue reading Arizona Fall League Interviews: Ray Burris