Updated May 9, 2012 - 11:38 am
Jack Zduriencik on the postgame show
The Mariners could not quite pull off a second straight ninth-inning comeback, although they did make things interesting against Justin Verlander and the Tigers. After the loss Jack Zduriencik joined Matt Pitman and me and hit on a number of topics including:
• His thoughts on what we have seen so far with the Mariners this season;
• How much of a surprise Kyle Seager's performance has been;
• Whether the team is scouting Seager's younger brother for the upcoming draft;
• Justin Smoak's struggles and what the best course of action is at this point;
• Thoughts on Jesus Montero, including his belief that he has been better defensively than what they had been lead to expect;
• Progress reports on Hultzen/Paxton/Walker;
• How much talent do they currently have at AA?
At the end of the nearly 30 minutes Zduriencik spent with us he expressed that he hoped the fans would understand what he is trying to do right now.
"There has not been one thing that we haven't said we were going to do that we're not in the process of doing," he said. "We said that we were going to build this foundation, we said we were going to change the scouting player development and build an organization, we said there were going to be things at the big league level that would make us scratch our head and we also said that there were going to be some things that you are going to get very excited about."
"It's going to be a season of streaks, a season where these kids advance and move forward, no limitations on anything," he continued. "If we aren't viewing it through that lens then we are viewing it through a false lens because the reality is we are what we are, we are where we are at. We have accumulated talent. We have some very nice pieces here, we have some very nice pieces coming and in the very near future this is going to be a fun place to play."
The podcast for the complete interview can be found here.
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