Thursday, May 14, 2020

PhoulBallz Interview: IF/OF Hunter Stovall talks baseball hiatus

Hunter Stovall, image- Jay Floyd
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Infielder Hunter Stovall was acquired by the Phillies in a trade with Colorado in the opening month of the 2019 and from there he enjoyed some success with the Class A full season Lakewood BlueClaws.

Overall in 138 games last year, the righty hitting Mississippi State product notched a .264/.326/.438 slash line. Primarily a second baseman, Stovall has also played third base and outfield during his professional career. He was a 21st round draft pick of the Rockies in 2018.

Over the weekend, I talked with Stovall about how he is spending his time during quarantine, what he's doing to stay in baseball shape and more. Read ahead for that complete interview.



-Did you watch the UFC event and are you experiencing any withdrawal from not being able to watch live sports during this hiatus?

I did not watch the UFC fight and I don’t watch a lot of TV, so it hasn’t really changed my way of living.


-Can you offer some thoughts on your initial reaction when you learned about the baseball schedule being put on hold due to the pandemic?

When I first heard about the suspension of the season I was upset, just like all the other baseball players. But it bothered me more because the little time in spring training I had I was doing really well and was feeling good.


-What's your current workout routine? How are you staying in baseball shape?

I am lifting three to four times a week and I am hitting, throwing and take grounders as much as I can, considering the challenge of finding a place to do it all.


-What would you consider to be some of your highlights from last season after the trade?

Some of the defensive plays I made and some of the clutch at bats I had during last season.


-What did you work on most since last season to improve your game?

I worked really hard last off season and during the season last year on pitch selection and making sure I was doing damage on pitches that I was supposed to do damage on. Worked on being a great aspect at every position.


-Do you have any book, TV or video game recommendations for people doing the whole quarantine thing right now?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the best game out there.


-Outside of baseball, what do you miss the most during the pandemic?

Getting to go out to eat, meeting up with friends and hanging out, just the interaction with people everyday is what I miss the most, 'cause I’m a people person.

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