Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, April 24, 2013 11:30 AM Comments: 0
Acquired by the Phillies during spring training in a trade with Toronto, first baseman Art Charles welcomed the change and is happy to be a part of the Phils organization. The six-foot-six 225 pounder was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 20th round in 2010 out of Bakersfield College. Now, the 22-year-old bats cleanup for Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.
Through 19 games this season, Charles is batting .275 with five doubles, two homers and 12 RBI.
Charles was named the Phillies minor league player of the week for April 15th through the 21st, as he batted .423 with a home run and six RBI in seven games played.
I recently spoke with Art about the trade, his work to improve his hitting approach and plenty more. Read ahead for that full interview.
- During spring training, of course, your were swapped by the Blue Jays for reliever Michael Schwimer. How were you notified of the deal and what was your reaction?
I had talked to the Blue Jays prior and they had scheduled me for a doctors appointment, I think it was a check up, they have us do our physicals and what not, this is on Saturday. And I was like, “Alright, sounds good. I’ll be able to get a ride over to the doctors appointment and what not.” And then later on, maybe like three, four hours later, I got called and notified of the trade, so I was a little shocked. Like, “Oh, I just talked to you guys…” So, it was kind of shocking. And didn’t know all the details about the trade and they kind of told me a little about it and after a while I realized that this was a good thing. This is a good thing for me and my career and it’s just one of those experiences you go through that’s kind of a shocker at first, then as it sinks in, you start thinking about it and it kind of mellows out a little bit.
- It must have been an easy transition for you to go from Dunedin to nearby Clearwater, though, right?
Yeah, it wasn’t too far away. I think it’s like ten minutes. It wasn’t like I was going three hours away. I knew the area still and I remembered seeing some of the Phillies guys walking around and stuff. It wasn’t a bad transition at all and they made me feel at home. Continue reading PN Interview: First Base Prospect Art Charles