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Kris Honel speaks!

an EXCLUSIVE interview from White Sox Interactive! ††

†by Michael Callis

Kris Honel is the First-Team All-American chosen by the White Sox in the first round (16th pick overall) of the June, 2001 draft.† As a senior at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Illinois, he compiled an 8-0 record with a 1.09 ERA.† Baseball America voted him as having "the best breaking ball" amongst high school pitchers.† He was recently named to the South Atlantic League's all-star team, pitching for Kannapolis where he has compiled a 9-6 record with a 2.67 ERA.† He leads the league with 150 strikeouts.

Q. What is the biggest difference between high school and professional ball? †

I'd have to say that the day in, day out workload would have to be the biggest difference. Here in the minors we lift everyday, throw everyday, and every thing you do has an effect on your career. Knowing this, I give my all every time to the park, hoping it will show someone how bad I want to play for my hometown team.†

Q. How big of an accomplishment was it for you to make the S.A.L. All-Star Team? †

It was a very big honor to be selected to the team. In my first full year it was a very big deal for me Being one of the youngest out there, it was a good feeling that I can compete with guys two or three years older than me. The thing that I thought of is that I looked at it as a stepping stone for myself. Like I said it was a huge deal for me, but I have higher aspirations....I want that to turn into the A.L. All-Star team someday.†

Q. If you could put an ideal time-frame on your MLB debut when wouldit be? †

Honestly, I don't know what to say about that. I want to play at Comiskey right now. But I'm not ready for that yet, it's not my decision, the higher aboves will decide that for me. All I can do is pitch my game to the fullest and hopefully someday pitch for my hometown team.†

Q. With recent trades of pitching talent in the Sox organization do

you feel doors could be opening for you in the near future? †

Well like I said, I can't control when I get brought up. I'm just concentrating on what happens in Kannapolis. I realize that there is a lot of stuff going on in the system right now, but that's out of my control. Whatever the Sox have in store for me, I'm willing to face...we'll see what happens.†

Q. Do you surf Sox sites on the internet?† Have you had a chance to

check out WSI?† If so what are your thoughts about it? †

I go on the big league site sometimes to see whats goin on with scores and stuff, but I don't really read into anything. But now that you mentioned it I might have to.†

Q. Do you have any inspirational figures that motivate you?†

Well I'd have to say my father. He was an All American at Eastern Illinois at first base and was never really given a chance to experience his dream of playing pro ball and play in the show. With all that I do now, I always have him in the back of my head because I know how rough he had it and how bad it hurt him that he was never given a chance. He isn't livin his dream through me but I know we both want it really bad. In a way I want to make him a proud father with whatever I do, whether it be playing for the Sox or whatever.†

Q. How do you prepare for game day?†

I just try to relax as much as possible and clear my head. I like to study the hitters when I watch them play for however many days we play them before I pitch. Also I try to improve everytime I go out to the mound. I'm very hard on myself but I try to be as perfect as possible. Great starts come from the hard work you put in between your starts. I try to follow that and so far the results have been pretty good.†

Q. Any superstitions when you take the mound? †

I don't really believe in superstitions. It messes with your head to much and if you do bad you blame your superstition. I believe in your the only one that decides what you do.

Q. Who is your all-time† favorite professional baseball player?†

My all time favorite player was Ty Cobb for sure... I didnít really know fully about him till his movie came out... I just loved the fact that no matter what people thought about him he thrived off it and didnít let it affect him one bit. He played the game the way its supposed to be played and thatís what I'm all about. But most of all, he was a genius, very intelligent, and thats what I pride myself on........ Being one step ahead of your opponent.†

Michael Callis writes WSI's minor league Farm Report.† He is not a farmer himself, but remembers passing a farm along the interstate once.

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