Nick Manno, the Washington Nationals Assistant Director of Player Development, sits down with…
Spring Training Q&A with Collin Balester
Collin Balester: I just want to have a good spring training. I'm going to work hard and hopefully break camp with a full season club and have a good year. I also want to just stay healthy and that's about it.
CapitolDugout.com: Compared to last year, what do you feel is the biggest difference in you that will help you a lot this season?
Collin Balester: Well, I mean, now I know what it feels like to be on a full season team and I know what I need to do to get better. And, I mean, from all the good hitters I have faced, I think I pitch better against better batters. Also, just having the experience is going to help me.
CapitolDugout.com: In your opinion, what will be the big key to your success this year?
Collin Balester: Well, again, the key for me is really staying healthy all year. All I want to do is be able to make my start every five days. If I'm healthy, I know I'll be successful.
CapitolDugout.com: Obviously, the organization has expressed their confidence in you recently. Do you think hearing that kind of praise helps you and in what way?
Collin Balester: I just try and not read all of those websites and what people say just because I don't really want to get myself to excited. But, don't get me wrong, I have read those websites and my friends and family have always told me what they say. Anyway, I mean, I am just happy that I am in an organization that really likes me. I think it helps me out a little more because people tell me that I am closer to the majors than I think. So, I just work hard, keep my head on straight, and not go out and get in trouble so that I really can make it faster than expected. I just try not to worry about that and just play because things will just happen.
CapitolDugout.com: What type of improvements would you like to make in the month before the season begins?
Collin Balester: Well, I think this off-season I worked a lot on my control so I can cut down my walks. And, I would like to continue that and also work on my changeup because it needs a lot of work, even though it is getting a lot better.
CapitolDugout.com: Are there any specific changes in approach or other aspects of your game that you feel will be very different from last year?
Collin Balester: No, I mean, I think everything is good. My approach has always been a key part of my game. I think I have a really good approach to the game.
CapitolDugout.com: To all the fans who are beginning to know who you are and may start following your progress this year, what should they know about your upcoming 2006 season?
Collin Balester: I am just going to go out there every game and give it my all and just pitch a good game every time I get the ball, no matter where I am. That's pretty much what they should know. I try and pitch a good game each time I go out there.
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