XX Sports Radio: Jed Hoyer Interview (MP3) with Darren Smith
Ryan Webb and Cesar Ramos have both thrown well. It's important for guys to step up when their teammates are hurt.
- Depth wasn't a big priority last year and that was a big reason why the team "fell off the cliff" in June and July. A big part of the off season was acquiring depth.
- Hoyer pays a lot of attention to his minor league system. The entire system is his responsibility.
Ernesto Frieri was pitching well in Portland was an option, but Hoyer brought up Cesar Ramos. Adam Russell was brought up to fill in for Kevin Correia while on the bereavement list.
- Grady Fuson put in place a very good hitting philosophy. Hoyer is focusing on skills that will translate to success in Petco Park. "Walks are a byproduct of having a good at bat and knowing the strike zone."
- In the draft they are going to focus on more athletic players.
- Bochy thought last night's game was boring. Hoyer was thrilled with the final result but he was frustrated with the runners left on base. Padres need extra base hits.
"Frankly we've been fortunate to score as many runs as we have given some of the guys we've had struggling. The way our pitching staff has thrown has allowed us some patience. At some point our hitters will have to pick up our pitchers. We're not going to continue to pitch at this rate all season. I think it's unrealistic to think that."
- Hoyer is going to stick with his guys. Hoyer talked to Jermaine Dye's agent over the off season. "We're content with what we have. We're confident that these guys will come through." "You have to be be willing go through the ups and downs."
- The Padres are in first place with guys struggling not in spite of them.
- Hoyer is excited about the Dodgers and Giants coming to town this week.
Everth Cabrera will probably be back in the line up on Friday if all goes well.
- Hoyer is concerned about the number of innings that the bullpen has pitched. They need starters to pitch more innings and hopefully the hitters will give them some slack.