XTRA 1360: Josh Byrnes Interview with Judson and Steve (MP3)
- Byrnes was a little bit disappointed that Huston Street didn't make it into the All-Star game. As a GM it doesn't break his heart when he doesn't use his "bullets" in an exhibition game.
Casey Kelly threw a bullpen session with breaking balls. He's getting there.
Robert Erlin has stretched his throwing program out to 200 feet.
Anthony Bass has not started playing catch but he's feeling better.
Joe Wieland has had set backs and they'll know more in a week or two about what to do with him.
- There's no definitive way to introduce a minor league player to the big leagues. Catchers really have to be ready because there is so much responsibility.
- Byrnes isn't philosophically opposed to trading within the division. Getting the right deal is what is most important. If you make a bad deal you'll always be reminded if the player is in the division.
- The team is playing more aggressively with more fearlessness. It's a more exciting team to watch. The record isn't where they want it to be but they can establish the style and personality of the team.
- The ownership issue creates an extra step when/if they need to add money to the roster. They just have run it through the proper channels.
- Byrnes thinks Padres players need to take a different approach when hitting at Petco Park. A well hit ball should be rewarded in the big leagues. If the fences are moved in it will take the topic off the table, but still remain a pitcher's park.
Yasmani Grandal has a lot of toughness and can run the game. Byrnes says he's beyond his years in terms of maturity.
- There's plenty of at bats to go around for prospects and veterans alike in the minor leagues.