Thanks to JKEARSE for another short interview with an under the radar Phillies prospect.
On May 7th, 2010 the Phillies signed a tall, sixteen year old righty out of the Czech Republic. Marek Minařík, now seventeen years old, was courted by multiple teams after an appearance at the MLB European Academy Tryouts in Prague. Not much is known about the right hander, but he did play in an Australian league along with ex-Phillies prospect Todd Van Steensel and current Phils prospect Josh Warner, posting a 2.18 ERA in just under 21 innings, along with a 1-0 record and 16 strikeouts. Minařík is an interesting prospect because there is still time for him to grow height wise and can already hit 91 MPH on his fastball. Thanks to Marek for his time!
Check below for the interview
Q: Why did you choose to sign with the Phillies (out of other MLB offers) and to leave Europe?
A: Phillies scout Rick Jacques was the first who discovered my potential and Phillies finally gave me the best offer.
Q: What pitches do you throw and what MPH range do you generally stay in?
A: I throw a fastball, average speed is around 87-89 MPH and a maximum speed is 91. Another is the changeup that glides around 75-76 MPH. This winter I am working on my curveball.
Q: You spent some time with the Australian League, along with Phillies prospect Josh Warner and ex-Phillie, current Twin Todd Van Steensel. What experiences did you gain playing over there?
A: My presence in Australia had brought me many experiences from many perspectives. First time I had spent such long time out of my family. My first separate flight across the world. New friends. New coaches. The program was very good for me. It was a big contrast against what I have experienced so far. I had enjoyed every day.
Q: How has the transition been from playing in a different country? How have you adjusted, have you spoke to other players in the system?
A: I had to get used to it that every man is as good as or better than me. Every day was from 7:30 am to 4 pm on the field and practice with the rest of players. Nobody was waiting for me and I had to adapt very quickly and make everything like other players. After 14 days of my stay I started to talk with other teammates and made new friends.
Q: Do you anticipate being a starter or a reliever, and what level in the system do you expect to start the season off at?
A: I plan to be starter. Answering your second question is very difficult for me. I am in the organization only 6 months. In 2011 I will attend my first spring training. I hope that my coaches give me opportunity to play at a level that is according to my abilities.
Q: Who are some of your favorite players growing up?
A: I admire the performances of some players but I do not have idols that I looked up.
Q: Any other comments?
A: I’m glad I can play for the Phillies because this was my dream and I hope that I will be a benefit for the Phillies.