Trey Hillman Media Session: Joe Mauer, Luke Hochevar

Mister .400?

It’s getting later in the season, we are almost into September and Joe Mauer is hitting .378, do you think he can bat .400?  Well, Royals manager Trey Hillman doesn’t quite think it’s possible in today’s baseball.  “Listen, I got to know this young man during the All-Star break, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy and no one is more capable, but I just don’t see it happening.  There are lots of games left in the season, the video these guys watch on each player is astounding, and let’s not forgot how often he is going to be pitched around.  It would be fantastic to see, but I would be shocked.”

Luke Hochevar

Hillman was asked what do we need to see from Luke tonight to get him back on track.  “What he needs to do is be more consistent with his command and locate his fastball effectively.  Luke needs to keep the ball down and induce groundballs, that is when he is dominant.  He knows how to attack hitters, he just needs to pitch where he knows he can in the zone.  These are bumps in the road that most professionals will go through, but he is growing as a pitcher.”

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