Ask The Players…Again

Last week’s reader Q&A’s went well.  Better than I thought they would, actually.  I was hoping for a few more questions than I ultimately ended up receiving, but I thought it was a good way to let everyone interact with the guys.

So let’s do it again.

I will be in Trenton again starting Friday, and will be there after that on either Saturday or Sunday, potentially both.

Post your questions in the comments section, and I’ll do my best to get them answered.  Again, no promises that I’ll be able to get them all done, but I’ll do what I can.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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23 Responses to “Ask The Players…Again”

  1. Mike R. Says:

    Please ask Daniel McCutchen a two part question.

    You struck out 12 in 7 IP in your last start allowing only one hit and one walk. Was that the best start in your career? What did you do differently to K that many batters?

  2. ebyank Says:

    Also can you ask him at almost 26 does he feel a sense of urgency to move up and get to the big leagues this year??

  3. JP Says:

    Thanks Mike, this has been a great chance for us to interact with the players.

    I have a question for Reegie. You seemed to burst onto the prospect scene back in 2006 while subbing for CJ Henry. Did you approach that opportunity any differently or was it just a result of having consistent playing time?

  4. Ashish Skaria Says:

    I have a question for Austin Jackson. Can you ask him what type of numbers he wants to attain this season in order for it to be considered a success by his standards (that is Hrs, doubles, triples, batting average, OBP, etc…)?

  5. Ashish Skaria Says:

    Oh another question but for David Robertson. How quickly does he want to move up to the big leagues. With his success, it’s only a matter of time. So basically, when does he envision himself donning the pinstripes?

  6. Gabe Says:

    Mike,
    Here’s a question for any of the guys you can ask (just to maybe get some variety).

    What is their favorite clubhouse activity during a rain delay?

    Thanks. Love the blog! See you at the field.

  7. dan Says:

    I have a few questions, if you don’t mind…

    For JB Cox: What is the most difficult aspect of Tommy John surgery that people might not realize?

    For Mike Gardner: What was it like being shipped to San Diego’s spring training, getting acclimated there, and then having to come back and pitch for Trenton?

    For Marcos Vechionacci: Is there any added pressure on you as a result of being hyped in the lower levels of the system with results that some people might say have been below expectations? (feel free to edit that however you want)

    Thanks a bunch

  8. Mike Ashmore Says:

    I’ll do what I can with these. All good stuff so far, keep them coming!

  9. dan Says:

    I’m not sure if you would feel comfortable asking this, but could you ask one of the older guys what it’s like to be a career minor leaguer?

  10. Ed Says:

    Please ask JB Cox how close his stuff and command are to pre-injury levels.

  11. thunderbaseball Says:

    Dan,

    If I can think of a better way to phrase your question, I’d do it…but wording it as is would — whether I got one or not — earn me an a**-kicking.

  12. Mike Says:

    Hey Mike,
    Could you ask the guys if they have any superstitions that they would willing to share with us? Thanks for all your work!

  13. Mike Says:

    Pilittere is batting .417 in his last 10 games with 6 multi-hit games. What the heck is he doing differently this season?? And Mike, do you think this is a fluke and a hot streak or do you think this is Piliterre is finally playing to his potential? I saw his FSL and Arizona Fall League numbers were impressive, didn’t get many at-bats in AZ though.

  14. thunderbaseball Says:

    Hard to say…you could make an argument that ever since that Triple-A carrot that was dangling in front of his face was taken away from him, he’s gone out to show that he belongs in Scranton. I’ve seen P.J. play long enough to where I personally think this is a hot streak, but we’ll see…

  15. Mike Says:

    We will, still think he is the smartest catcher in the league.

  16. thunderbaseball Says:

    Haven’t seen enough of the teams in the league to wholeheartedly agree with that statement, but Pilittere calls a great game, that’s for sure…

  17. Dan Says:

    Gonna have to disagree with Mike on Pilittere. He is a contact hitter, watching him play 75 percent of the game last season he rarely recorded a K. Lots of solid line-drive outs, just appears those are starting to fall in for him this season. Should be interesting to see what happens once Cervelli comes back, who appears very overrated after taking a look at his numbers. (sense the bias?). Wright has the right stuff to make it to the bigs, it appeared as though since his short stint with the NYY he does battle some confidence issues, gets very distracted once runners get on and is apt to breaking down. Should be interesting to see where him and McCutchen end up at seasons end.

  18. nyyfaninlaaland Says:

    Mike, a question for the manager or GM.

    If we don’t already know, who goes up to fill in for Rasner? His regular turn would be Friday or Sat, but filling in could wait until Sunday or Monday due to Scranton’s schedule. Wright seems like the natural choice, especially with McCutcheon on turn for Thursday.

    Also, who fills in at Trenton? Call up Hacker from Tampa? Is Brett Smith getting close to ready, or Garcia at Tampa to fill in for Hacker?

  19. thunderbaseball Says:

    Today’s Thunder game notes do not list any moves. I do not think the Rasner move has gone through yet, but I just got out of Joe Girardi’s press conference, and confirmed that Rasner will be starting Sunday…

  20. Dan Says:

    Smith is most likely out for another few months, is home in Cali rehabbing, don’t expect to be seeing him anytime soon. Hacker is probably likely I would think.

  21. thunderbaseball Says:

    The smart money would be on Hacker, yes…

  22. thunderbaseball Says:

    Also, “Hackers” was an awful, awful movie…

  23. John Says:

    Looks like will not be able to ask Robertson any questions. Rumor has it he just got promoted to SWB. Congrats David!

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