MD: Considering you worked as a reliever and a starter, how would you asses your 2010 season as a whole?
CM: One word...Development! I learned a ton about myself as a pitcher this season. Having to work a bunch of different roles really stretches you in terms of preparation and focus. I feel like I am a natural starting pitcher. It's just the way God made me (personality and demeanor). However, you don't always get the choice in the minors, so it's your job to make the most of whatever position your in. I felt good about my year stats-wise. Other than a couple early inning meltdowns, I battled and succeeded in a bunch of different roles. I feel like that's the definition of Development...being able to keep a level head and keep pushing forward during a roller coaster season.
MD: Which role do you feel more comfortable with, starter or reliever?
CM:Like I said before, I'm a starting pitcher way down deep in my guts! I'm a routine-aholic, so pitching 1 inn of relief every night, while doable for me, is more taxing than starting and throwing 7 scoreless. It just feels right to me.
MD: Talk about the differences between the preperation of being a starter and a reliever?
CM: Relief pitching requires the ability to get up and down (both physically and mentally) at the drop of a hat...literally! Starting pitching requires a steadfast resolution to stick to a routine for 4 days with no hope of playing each night (i.e. patience). Each has its own skill set for sure. Workouts are different too. Relievers workout on a "two days on, one day off" while starters workout on a 5 day rotation, obviously.
MD: What pitches do you throw, and rate them in terms of confidence.
CM: 2 seam FB (sinker), 4 seam FB, overhand curve, cutter (new pitch as of late last season, but becoming a favorite), circle change...in that order.
MD: What are your personal expectations for 2011?
CM: Vaguely, continued development. I want to get better in every aspect of pitching and move forward towards the ultimate goal of playing for a long time in the Bigs. Specifically, I would love to start in the FSL, pitch really well, finish the season in Binghamton or higher and be knocking on the door for 2012. I know what I want when it comes to my career, but at the end of the day it's in God's hands. All we can do is work as hard as possible and keep loving people along the way.