OF Vince Faison (Photo: Seattle Mariners)
InsidethePark's Joe Ruiz got a chance to talk to recently promoted outfielder Vince Faison during San Antonio's last homestand. See what the former No. 1 pick had to say about adjusting to a new organization, returning to full health, and the road to success.
InsideThePark.com: How does it feel to be back at Double-A?
Vince Faison: You know, it feels good. I was down at Inland (Advanced-A Inland Empire) rehabbing and get some games under my belt. I was swinging the bat pretty well, so I just want come in, get in where I fit in and help this club win some ball games.
ITP.com: You were at extended Spring Training, what were your injuries?
Faison: I had a pulled tendon and a ligament in my shoulder and then I pulled my hamstring, so I was there rehabbing both of those. The shoulder’s 100 percent, but the hamstring still has some nagging soreness and tightness. But it’s something I can play through. I felt comfortable out there tonight, so that’s good. It was good to get back in a family environment. It felt good to get back out there on the field.
ITP.com: What did you think of the team at Inland Empire during your brief stay?
Faison: Inland’s got a real good ball team down there, probably one of the best in the organization. I’ve seen some good things and some bad things down there, but more so good than bad. The pitching’s been very good; the hitting’s been very good. When those guys hit down there, they get fifteen, sixteen hits a game. The hitting down there is contagious and that’s one thing that we can do here, too. Look for that team to score a lot of runs and guys down there are hitting very well so look for some of those guys to be up here near the end of the season.
ITP.com: How did it feel when you came to Seattle in the trade?
Faison: It was a little different. It was an interesting trade. I wasn’t expecting to be traded, but you know it was a good thing. It’s a new start for me with a great organization. It’s a good thing for me, so I’m going to go out there and make the best of it.
ITP.com: What do want to improve on the most here at Double-A?
Faison: This off-season I worked a lot on my hitting and cutting down on my strikeouts, increasing my walks. I did that in spring and at Inland and I want to do that here. My defense is going to be fairly good. That’s one thing I pride myself on. I think I’m going to have a successful season.
ITP.com: I don’t know if anybody told you, but Brundy’s (Missions skipper Dave Brundage) a pretty aggressive guy. Are you ready to run with him?
Faison: Oh, yeah. I already told him. I had a few bags down at Inland and a few at extended to see if my hamstring was healthy. I’m one of those guys that if I get on first base and there’s nobody on second, I’m running. I’ll be ready to go.
(Through Monday, Vince is just 1-for-13 since being called up from Inland Empire. His one hit was a home run, however, leading to three RBI. He's also struck out and walked four times each.)