Q: How valuable is being able to play multiple positions?
JD: The more valuable you are, the quicker your shot will come. I played shortstop my whole life but I understand that sometimes you need to switch. However I can get to the big leagues, I will do that, and explore every option. I’m fortunate enough now to play a few spots, and I’ll see where that takes me.
Q: Goals for 2009?
JD: I try to keep goals simple. I try not to really change who I am as a player. Obviously the goal is to get better. Consistency is the mani thing for me and keep a consistent approach. Just work to get better. I think it’s tough to put expectations to everything, like hit more home runs, or drive in mor eruns. If you have a good approach and foundation, the stuff will take care of itself.
Q: What did you like most about your time in Lakewood?
JD: I really enjoyed Lakewood. I enjoyed the people. Everyone is so passionate about the Phillies and the BlueClaws. There’s a great amount of support and they really get behind their team. It’s a gerat thing to be a part of. I had great host parents and they made the experience in Lakewood that much more enjoyable.
Q: Lastly, what about big league camp?
JD: I’m very excited for the opportunity. You get to be around the big league guys and see how they work and how they prepared themselves on a day-in day-out basis. It’s a great learning time for me. Last year I learned a lot and hopefully this year I’ll learn a lot again.