From Project Prospect:
Here are a couple of interesting parts of the interview…
PP: The Reds have tried to get you to use all of your pitches rather than rely heavily on your fastball. Did you feel like you were mixing your pitches better last season than you had in the past? What helped you gain confidence in your secondary pitches?
HB: I think that was a thing that really got blown up. I think there might have been 2 or 3 games where I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t use my change-up as much as I was supposed to. But in those games I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel the need to because of the batters I was facing. My first priority is to win a game, and when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m out on the field that is the only thing that is going through my head. I felt like I started using my off-speed to certain batters that I knew I could be effective with. And I have a lot of confidence in all my pitches.
PP: I know the season just came to an end, but have you managed to come up with any goals for the off-season? How about the 2007 season?
HB: Instead of starting my five day a week workouts in December, I am going to start them in November because I know that this is going to be a big spring and I want be prepared as much as I can Ã¢â‚¬â€œ even though my legs may not like it, oh well.
HBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not much of a goal person as far as what my ERA is, or the strikeouts I get. So for the season I focus on doing whatever it is I can do to make myself better as a pitcher.
Just a couple parts of the interview…I thought it was a good read. Take a look.
I’m going to try my best to get interviews lined up with Jay Bruce and Joey Votto, too.