Jon Rauch: I knew Sandy Alderson pretty well from being around him in the Olympics. I knew the kind of guy he was, what he was looking for, and his goals for the future. It's exciting to be a part of this team with the younger talent that they have, and watch them develop There's a good mix of young and old here.
Michael Baron: In looking at the younger talent here, who has impressed you most?
Jon Rauch: I really haven't had a chance to see too much yet. But Daniell Murphy, Ike Davis, and the younger pitching staff coupled with Johan Santana will be a good mix.
Michael Baron: Last year was an up and down season for you. What are some of the things you did this winter to help you try and avoid that in 2012?
Jon Rauch: I had my appendix taken out in August and knee surgery in September, so hopefully I can avoid those kinds of problems. But a lot of it is getting in better shape, so to avoid getting injured during the season. I've worked on my leg strength and stability, so hopefully that leads to a return to the consistency I had in the past.
Michael Baron: You're a big guy. And, in watching you over the years, you seem to have a tremendous mound presence. How might that help you in your approach and maybe play to your advantage?
Jon Rauch: I don't even think about that. My job is to throw strikes and get outs. If having a different plane and throwing out of a different angle helps, then great. But last year I learned I can get hit around a bit. This year, it's getting back to basics, executing pitches, and executing game plans.
Michael Baron: What kind of pitcher are you?
Jon Rauch: I'm not a power pitcher. I'm more of a control pitcher - I change speeds, mix locations, and throw all of them at any time. I throw a fastball, curveball, cutter, slider, change up - a whole mixed back of stuff.[/jbox]
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