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Saturday, 11 May 2013 04:48

Adam Lopez Exclusive Interview

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Adam Lopez

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Height: 6' 5", Weight: 221 lb.

Born: February 21, 1990 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, US (Age 23)

School: Virginia Military Institute (Lexington, VA)

Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Virginia Military Institute (Lexington, VA).

Adam is a 23 year old right hander from Virginia and is in the Whitesox Organization. Over the past two years Adam has progressed from rookie ball up to Single A where he is currently pitching for the Kannapolis Intimidators in the Southern Atlantic League. From all of us at CLNSRadio.com we wish Adam the best of luck for the rest of the season and we hope to see him in the majors soon. Now lets dive into the interview of Adam Lopez.

 

1)Thoughts on competition pitching in Single-A baseball compared to college? Have you had to adjust parts of your game as the talent has increased?Pitching in Professional baseball has been quite an adjustment. In college every team had 1 or 2 hitters that were "The Guy" on the team. The guys that if you made a mistake would make you pay for it. In Pro Ball, each hitter is "The Guy" for their team. With that being said learning to throw down in the zone was extremely vital. In college you could get away with fastballs that were elevated if you had a plus fastball. This is definitely not the case against hitters of this caliber. Every mistake is amplified, increasing the importance of every pitch you throw.  2) What was your reaction when you got drafted last year?  I won't say it was shocking, but definitely surprising to go as high as I did with the lack of innings I logged as a senior. Only throwing 13 innings in my senior campaign left a lot of doubts as to if a team was going to be willing to take a chance on a rehabbing Tommy John recipient. There were times, especially near the end of the year when I thought that I had missed my chance. I had even started working on getting into graduate school just to play another year and see if I could reclaim my prospect status that I had as a junior. But, all of those doubts were quelled once I received the news that the Chicago White Sox had selected me. It was amazing! To have gone through what I did that final year, all the pain during rehab, the setbacks and the failures, really tested my faith in God's plan for me. It was just such a relief to know that hard work doesn't get overlooked and that the man upstairs has nothing but great plans to prosper us and not harm us.  3) What is your arsenal of pitches? Also what pitches do you think you need to develop during your stint in the minors ex) curve, change etc. I throw three different pitches in just about any count at the moment. As of now I have a 4 seam FB, Slider and Change-Up. This past instructional league the pitching coordinator Hasler really stressed me learning and commanding a 2 Seam FB/Sinker. The organization places huge emphasis on early contact and ground ball outs. I'm still working on the pitch as of now, and I do use it in games, but, it isn't a pitch I would consider as refined as the previous three.  4) Who was your role model growing up? Also during your days a high school pitcher did you have scouts at your games from colleges? What was it like to deal with that pressure?Growing up my inspiration for baseball was my father. He was the one who put a ball in my hands. Before that I played basketball and football. My father played semi-professional baseball when he was 17 before joining the US Army. At age 45 he was still able to blow the ball by my teammates and me during live BP. If it wasn't for my father I don't think I would have found a love and appreciation for this great game.  In high school I didn't really pitch until I was a senior. Up until then I was a corner infield guy batting in the middle of the lineup. I always had a pretty strong arm so my showcase coach started to groom me for the mound. After one summer and a Perfect Game showcase I kind of emerged as a pitcher. There was a lot of talk as to being selected out of high school as a pitcher until I went down with a posterior impingement in my shoulder. Before I was hurt it was normal to have anywhere from 5-6 scouts in attendance when I was on the mound.  5) How do you deal with the responsibility of being only 23 in the minor leagues?This may seem crazy but 23 isn't young for minor league baseball. I'm one of the oldest on the team actually. As far as the responsibility portion goes I was prepared very well by my college VMI. VMI is a military school located in Lexington, VA and it harps on responsibility and time management, amongst other things. Having attended and graduated from VMI, I knew there wasn't going to be anything that was asked of me that I hadn't already been asked or wasn't prepared to do.  6) What would you do if you weren't a baseball player for a career? I try not to think about a life away from baseball. I believe that a back up plan only makes space for doubt. Doubt, in a game that is heavily centered in your mental makeup is dangerous. If you aren't in this game for the right reasons and willing to give it everything you have you can't make it. Whether its just playing catch, conditioning, lifting, or your off field endeavors, you're focus needs to be on finding ways to enhance your game on a daily basis. But, for the sake of an answer I'd see myself either coaching baseball collegiately or working in Private contracting. I had a taste of what that life was like when we built our home and it was so interesting and fun seeing your plans come to fruition.  7) Did you play other sports growing up and if so, why did you chose baseball? Also what has been your favorite baseball moment so far?As I mentioned earlier I played basketball and football. Basketball was my first true sport. I had chances to play collegiately, even at the D1 level, but ultimately I realized that I had a much lower ceiling than I did with baseball. Baseball has been an amazing blessing in my life and I can't imagine what my life would be like had I chosen to play basketball instead. And in all honesty, every day I wake up with the fortune of doing what I love in an amazing "moment."  In an industry where you are constantly trying to be replaced, waking up and heading to the park is indescribable. It's another day to hone my craft. Another day to surpass the limits that are set by others and another day to glorify God with the gifts he has given me.  For the latest news on the National League follow me on Twitter @RobBestWiller or stay here at CLNSRadio. Also give Adam a follow at https://twitter.com/SouthSideLopez.