This afternoon I had the chance to interview minor-leaguer Trevor Graham. Graham is a pitcher in the Chicago Cubs’ organization.
1) This past season, you spent most of your time with the Boise Hawks. You went 4-4, with an ERA of 5.58, how do you look to rebound for next season?
“I’ve just gotta stay healthy. I injured my back a couple of days before heading to Boise and pitched through discomfort the rest of the season. Dealing with that really tested me. I’m the type of guy who will take the ball no matter what I’m dealing with and pitching through that was really trying for me. Besides that I just have to settle in early and throw strikes and let the game take care of itself.”
2) Recently, the Chicago Cubs signed a new manager in Joe Maddon. How do you feel about that?
“You know, I couldn’t be more excited about our future as an organization. His history as a manager really speaks for itself. He wins and has a good time while he’s doing it and I can’t wait to see him in action.”
3) You were drafted in the 13th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs. How do you feel about playing for such a young and talented team?
“Playing with so much young talent is awesome. We’ve got a few curses to overcome and I feel like we have the guys to do it. Every day we go to the field and collectively work to get better with one goal in mind. We want to win a World Series. We want the people of Wrigley to experience what that feels like with us.”
4) In two years, where do you see yourself within the organization?
“In my mind I see myself in the Bigs. As a minor leaguer, that’s the ultimate goal and you have to be able to see yourself there. You have to have that hunger to outwork everyone on and off the field, in season and in the offseason.”
5) When your off the field, what do you like to do for fun?
“I’m from a smaller town where there really isn’t all that much to do, so whenever I’m looking to have fun I’ll go out fishing with some buddies or maybe play a few rounds of golf. I say golf, but in reality I spend more time searching for my ball in the woods than I do actually playing. Other than that I’ll either be hanging out with friends or maybe going on a hunting trip with my dad. I grew up playing multiple sports so I like to stay active.”
6) Was being a professional baseball player always a dream of yours?
“It absolutely has always been a dream. Every kid at some point thinks about walking out onto the field with the crowd cheering in a big league game. The fact that I’m getting close to that is absolutely amazing. It’s hard to put into words what it will be like when it actually happens for me. I’ve spent the majority of my life working towards that goal and I can’t wait for it to finally happen.”
7) When you were growing up, did you idolize any players? If so, who and why?
“I actually grew up a Braves fan so I grew up watching Chipper [Jones] and [Gregg] Maddux play. I remember watching Maddux pitch in games and just being awestruck at what he could do with a baseball. I really think that’s when I first fell in love with pitching. Besides them I was actually a big Mark McGwire fan. I wanted to hit home runs just like him. I actually got the nickname Little Mac in tee ball from my coaches, it’s just too bad that talent didn’t translate to now [laughs].”
You can follow Trevor Graham on Twitter at @TGraham412