Tuesday, April 20, 2010

PhoulBallz Q&A with Brody Colvin

Brody Colvin is a 19-year-old starting pitcher for the Class A level Lakewood BlueClaws. Colvin was drafted by the Phillies in the 7th round of last June's amateur draft. After committing to attend LSU, Colvin signed with the Phils on the last possible day last year. Colvin made headlines during the off-season after getting arrested in his hometown in Louisiana and charged with battery and resisting an officer. The 6'3" right-hander has an ERA of 8.00 after 2 starts this month, but that is no reason for alarm, as Colvin is still working on his pitches.

I spoke with Brody after his first home start this past weekend. Here is that interview...

Your fastball was hitting 93mph on the radar gun for your outing on Friday night in the BlueClaws home opener. Do you consider yourself a power pitcher?

Yeah, for the most part, right now, definitely. I like working in and out with my fastball a lot and trying to work in a change up every now and again, but definitely a power pitcher at this stage.

What is your full pitch repertoire?

Four seam fastball, 12-6 curve and circle change up.

You're ranked as the 12th best prospect in the system by Baseball America. How does that type of recognition effect your outlook?

I don't really look too much into those lists right now, being so early in my career. I don't really pay attention to those lists too much.

What are your main goals going forward for the 2010 season?

Throw more strikes, limit the walks, throw my change up more consistently for strikes, and keep hitters off balance.

You signed with the Phillies late last year after committing to LSU. Can you talk a bit about that decision?

I definitely think I had my mind set on pro ball the whole time. LSU was a good second option for me, but the offer (from the Phillies) came late and I decided to run with it.

What was your impression of the home field, FirstEnergy Park, during your outing on opening night?

Aw man, great...great! The best atmosphere that I've ever pitched in front of. Love the fans. Everybody was really great. I loved it.

Was there any sense of urgency to come in and redeem yourself, in the minds of the organization, this spring, after your arrest in the off-season?

That was just a misunderstanding. That's all that was. But, I wanted to get here and show how committed I was to the team and how focused I'm going to be all season.

Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?

I'd definitely have to say it'd be three....Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz.

Those guys have different styles....some finesse, with Smoltz being more of a power guy. What made that group so appealing?

Just the way those three worked together. I'm more of a power pitcher, so John Smoltz was probably my favorite out of the three, back in the day. But the way those three worked together, it was just art. It was great.


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