Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, October 17, 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!
Ethan Stewart was the Phillies 47th round draft choice in 2010 out of New Mexico Junior College. The 6’7″ lefty native of British Columbia, Stewart and I talked about the importance of a good start, working with Ray Burris, and the difference in climates between British Columbia, Florida, and Arizona.
Ian Riccaboni, Phillies Nation: So, how does it feel to be in the Arizona Fall League with some of the top prospects in baseball?
Ethan Stewart: It’s pretty special. You get to pitch against and play with players who will be in the Major Leagues soon. It’s really special to be out here and it’s really fun.
IR: You’ve had six strikeouts through your first three-plus innings. How important was it for you to get off to a great start here in your first Arizona Fall League?
ES: I like to set a good impression. It’s nice to have that. I mean, I wouldn’t have wanted to start out struggling, you’d have to catch up and have to show yourself from there. Six strikeouts in three-plus innings is nice but I’m just trying to throw up zeroes.
IR: How cool is it to have Ray Burris here, the pitching coach at Lehigh Valley? (Burris is) someone in your system that you can almost pitch for and get advice from and work with. Continue reading Arizona Fall League Interviews: Ethan Stewart