InsideTheDome: Comment on your amazing rookie year and what you thought of it?
Honestly, I could never have guessed that I would have done as well as I did. I wasn't sure how I would match up against former Division-1 hitters, and the top high school hitters in the nation.
InsideTheDome: Was there one specific thing that you learned this year that you believe really helped you, or will help you down the road?
I learned a great deal playing with the talent that I played with and against this year. I learned that mistakes really get roped in pro ball. Luck and bad luck happen regardless, and that players playing together will always beat players who play for themselves. The one specific thing that I learned was a player today will not be the same player tomorrow. Just because you get a hitter out one day, it doesn't mean you will get him out the next day. Watching the different levels of development was amazing to me. Hitters, as well as pitchers, continuously develop, learn your patterns and weakness. Greatness for me will come from adjusting to their adjustments before they can re-adjust.
InsideTheDome: What differences did you notice between the Penn League and the Midwest League?
There was much more experience at the Midwest League. I was able to face hitters in the Penn league for three or four innings at a time without adjustments being made to how I threw the ball. In the Midwest league before they even made any adjustments, I noticed balls were hit harder and mistakes hit further. On top of that, hitters adjusted to my strengths during an inning, maybe from hitter to hitter. It makes control of the entire zone much more important.
InsideTheDome: Talk a bit about your time down in Instructs, what you learned, and what you worked on?
Mainly down at instructs my focus was on knowing what needed to be done and when it needed to be done, as well as my focus on a slider. I had a lot of success down in instructs during our games against the Devil Rays, but did not develop a slider with more depth until the very end. It was something I wish I had picked up the first day - so that I could hone my control of it during Instructional League.
InsideTheDome: What's your outlook for spring training 2007?
My outlook for spring training 2007 is to come in prepared and ready to play. If I do that, I will end up in a place where I can pitch with success. There is no need to be let down by an expectation of where I should be coming out of spring training. I am here to pitch, and I let them worry about where that should be. If all goes well enough, maybe I will make that decision a little more difficult than they had previously thought.
InsideTheDome: How would you sum up your rookie year?
The best part of my rookie year was the guys I played with. A lot of people might expect a team in the minors to be packed full of guys ready to play and get their numbers as good as they could be. Our teams were packed full of personable guys ready to help the team succeed, because that is what would make them better. I think it is a testament to the Blue Jays scouting team, for finding guys that are about winning before their own personal stats. This was displayed by the fact that Auburn and Lansing both made the playoffs, with Pulaski narrowly missing them. The organization found players with the desire to win, which can often be lost at the lower levels. I thank the Blue Jays for selecting me, and especially my scout Tom Burns for believing in me. I expect great things from all of our players in 2007, as I know their character.
InsideTheDome recently caught up with right-handed pitcher Ted Serro, and got his thoughts on his amazing rookie season, his outlook for the future, and much more.