Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 09, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0
Last season the Phillies selected catcher Josh Ludy as a senior out of Baylor University in the 8th round of the MLB amateur draft. The 22-year-old righty hitter had a solid debut as a pro. Serving mainly as a backup, the Indiana native sported a .271 batting average along with 11 doubles, one triple, a homer and 12 RBI in 32 games for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. Following the regular season, Ludy was among a group of prospects selected to spend an extra month in the Florida Instructional League.
This week, I spoke with Josh to get his thoughts on his transition from college to the pro’s, time spent at instructs, his off-season training regimen and plenty more. Read ahead to check out the full interview.
- You performed well last season with Lakewood after signing your first professional contract. How would you assess your first go of it in the professional ranks and was the adjustment from college to the minors what you expected?
I feel the first year for me went well. Obviously, there are a lot of things I would have liked to have improved on, but it’s all part of the process. I think one of the biggest adjustments for me was having to get familiar with an entirely different staff of pitchers. Coming from college, where you spend four years with some guys, or, at the least, have a full year to get to know guys, to maybe catching someone one time and they move on, or having a new guy come in towards the end of the season. It took a little while to get comfortable in learning everyone, but towards the end of the year I felt pretty good about it. As far as hitting, it was definitely an adjustment moving to the wood bat again. Where the weight is in the bats, and the smaller sweet spot took some getting used to, but the more time spent with it, the more natural it felt.
- What was the experience of playing in the instructional league like and how is it beneficial to players? Also, is it a big plus to be able to play there and make an impression on more coaches and front office folks from the organization?
I had a great time at instructs. Getting to do individual work with the coordinators on a daily basis was a great experience. We have a great group of coaches and instructors that are there to make us better and have a lot of insight and wisdom to pass down. Every day was an opportunity to be able to show the organization what you can do. Continue reading Off-season Q&A: Ludy Has Sights Set on Sophomore Success