InsideTheDome: Anthony, can you give us a quick scouting report on yourself?
Hitting wise I feel like I'm a guy that can hit balls gap to gap. I can
hit it all around. Every once in a while I will put one out of the park.
I'm not going to lead the league in home runs or anything like that but I
hit my fair share. I consider myself a doubles guy that will consistently
drive in runs and keep the cycle going for the offense.
InsideTheDome: You started the year in extended spring. Was that a big disappointment
There was disappointment in a sense that last year I was hurt, coming
off a Hamet (bone) surgery, so I kind of expected it. Last year was a
struggle for me coming off the surgery. I went into my season two months
after my surgery and I hadn't played in a few months. I wouldn't have
considered myself 100% healthy until October or November of the off season.
This year in spring training I thought
that I did everything that I could to show the organization that I could
play elsewhere (above extended spring training), it just
didn't work out that way. You can only control yourself in this game. You can't worry about all the outside stuff. We get paid to play
our game, work hard and do our best everyday and that is what I'm going to
do whether that is extended spring, Lansing or where ever I may be.
InsideTheDome: Was rehabbing your injury then the main focus of your time in extended
spring training or were there other parts of your game that you were working
My focus was to try and show the organization that I am healthy number
one. Number two was to show them the player that I feel I am capable of
being. Again, last year was my first year in this organization, so the only
player they got to see was the one from last year and I don't feel like I
really represented myself that well as the player that I am capable of
being. It was really to prove that I'm healthy first and second, hopefully open
up some eyes and do the proper things to impress them and show them that I
InsideTheDome: You have been tearing the cover off the ball since you have been here
in Lansing. What would you credit your success too?
I don't know. I feel like right now I'm getting good pitches to hit
and I'm just barreling them up a bit and they are falling for me.
Sometimes they fall for you and sometimes they don't. You just hopefully
walk up to the plate with a good approach and hopefully take good swings and
do everything necessary to have a good at bat.
InsideTheDome: What is one thing that you feel has gone well for you so far this
season and what is one aspect that you feel you would like to continue to
I like the fact that I have gotten a chance to play all over the
infield. Originally I was a shortstop in college and moved over to first
base and played a little bit on the corners my last year of college. Last
year I played predominantly first base and mixed in third base every now and
then. I like the fact that the organization has give me the chance to play
second, third, short, really all over the infield. I feel like I've got a
few cobwebs still in some of those places, but that is the player that I
ideally want to be. I want to be a guy that can bring four different gloves
to the ballpark and where ever I need to be, I can fill in that hole in the
lineup and I feel like I can do that.
InsideTheDome: You mentioned that you played shortstop in college. Is short where
you feel most comfortable or are you starting to adjust to the
I feel comfortable for sure at short and third. On the left side of the
infield, I am very comfortable. I feel comfortable with most
aspects of second base. There are a couple of things that I'm trying to iron out
over there, but I definitely feel comfortable that with some reps and some
time, that I can handle that spot on the infield as well as all the others.
InsideTheDome: The team has captured a playoff spot already. How does it feel to get
that behind you?
When you come into the season, the goal is to get that first half
playoff spot. Not only to take the pressure off for the second half, but
also because you get home field advantage in the playoffs. Also it allows
the organization to make moves. They don't have any problems moving guys
out of here now. They can move guys out of here because they know that we
are okay, that we have clinched a playoff spot. That works out good at the
end of the day. It labels you as a winner and it gets guys moved out and
moved around. We have played pretty well all year long and this
team deserves to be in the post season. It nice to get that off our
InsideTheDome: Looking ahead to the post season, how valuable is it to get experience
where basically every game is a must win situation and the season turns from
a marathon to a sprint?
At any level obviously, playoffs mean win or go home. Like you said, it
is a sprint so it definitely gives you good experience for everyone that
plays in that situation because every game is a must win situation. We're
all trying to get to the big leagues here and up there you've got to win and
it give you that experience under that kind of pressure to win. Also there
is good incentive to hopefully go home in the off-season and be happy that
you are a champion. You will always have that and no one can take that away
from you. We compete here because we want to win and everyone here loves to
Anthony Hatch is one of the breakout players in 2006 and was a big factor in Lansing making the first-half of the playoffs. Find out how Hatch overcame injury and has labeled himself as a dangerous hitter in the Midwest League, and much more right now.