Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: August 8
This ain’t Coors Field!
Something rarely mentioned by the media and spectators alike is how difficult it is to hit home runs at the “New” Kauffman Stadium. So what are the reasons? Why is it such an arduous task to rip one out of the “New” K? “The ball really gets knocked down here, whether it’s warm or cold. It takes a pretty good poke to jolt the ball out of this stadium, you have to really get into one to get it out of here. I think with the constantly changing wind currents, the way our tunnels are set-up and the level with which the field is at makes it quite difficult. The swirling winds get a hold of that ball and just bring it down,” manager Trey Hillman stated.
Pena in Progress
A continual work in progress, Royals catcher Brayan Pena is constantly working on becoming a better catcher and better ballplayer. “We are consistently working on his footwork behind the plate, blocking the ball is really coming along, but we want to nail down when and when not to throw the ball. Recognition of situations is paramount, and it comes with experience, so we are working hard, and he is doing a great job. We are really going through some grueling and difficult drills, but Brayan is doing fantastic,” said Hillman.