This weekend I chatted with Reading manager Dusty Wathan about the recent output of star prospect Jesse Biddle as well as changes of roles for hurlers Austin Wright and Brody Colvin. Additionally, I spoke with Wright, the Phillies’ 8th round draft selection out of the University of Mississippi in 2011, about his move to the bullpen after steadily being a starter throughout his pro career.
Full Q&A with both men lies ahead…
- Can you share some thoughts on Jesse Biddle’s effort out there against the Trenton Thunder on Friday (Biddle allowed three earned runs in five innings, after allowing nine earned runs in two total innings in his previous two outings)?
I thought he did a lot better. I mean, I think the biggest thing was he went out there and struggled, obviously, throwing strikes the last two outings, but the biggest thing was we got him back into a routine and he got himself out of a jam in the 1st and, you know, he’s still a guy that wants to be perfect and he’s learning that he can’t be perfect and he’s not going to be perfect. You know, a couple pitches got him (in that game), but I thought he threw the ball well. The velocity was up. He threw some good breaking balls. Could have threw some more change ups, but all in all I thought it was a very positive outing.
- I know with Jesse, you kind of alluded to struggles the past two outings, are there any specific things that the coaching staff cited with him or noticed differences in him that would have resulted in the poor efforts?
I think him just trying to be too perfect. He’s a guy that thinks perfection is attainable and hasn’t quite realized that it’s not. I think just trying to put the ball on the corner every time, I think he’s realizing that he can throw the ball over the plate. With his stuff, he’s good enough to get outs by throwing the ball to thirds of the plate or halves of the plate early in the count and that’s just something he’s going to have to learn or realize.
- There’s lots of media attention and the park in Trenton has been packed for obvious reasons (Alex Rodriguez‘s rehab games). I was wondering if you think extra buzz or attention like this can have a good impact on players at this level.
Oh, absolutely. I think any time you get more people out to watch ball games and the more buzz you have in the crowd, it’s better for these guys any time you can do that. We’re lucky in the affiliates that we have to draw a lot of fans and we’re very grateful for that and any time we come to Trenton, we seem to have a pretty good contingent. But with A-Rod being here, I think it’s a great situation. Continue reading Fightins Quotables: Wathan on Biddle, Wright & Colvin; Wright on Role Change