View Full Version : FS Sits Down With Matt Enuco

07-20-2006, 07:19 PM
FS Interview: Matt Enuco (http://www.futuresox.com/frontpage/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=341)
Interview Conducted by Josh Wolff

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What are your initial impressions of minor league baseball so far?

Pretty much itís kind of how I expected, a little more intense than I originally anticipated. But itís really just getting here, learning the system of how the White Sox work and working on getting better so you can move up the system. I am excited about it.

As a four year college player, do you feel you have an advantage over guys who have not been playing competitive baseball as long as you?

Yeah, I think I do have a little bit of an advantage over high school players that come straight out of high school. I have found out that a lot of the philosophies and ways we play the situations here [Bristol] are the same as the way I played them in college. And I think I also have learned a lot more about who I am, how to deal with situations in college and I think that really gives me a pretty good advantage here.

In college, your numbers improved every season in just about every category, what do you attribute to that feat?

I think I attribute it to becoming more of a complete player, more of a mature player and going away to good summer leagues. Progressively through college, I went to better summer leagues. I was in the NYCBL (New York Collegiate Baseball League) after my sophomore year and then I went to Coastal Plains League last year. I think you just learn how to adapt and adjust better.

In High School, you were a three sport athlete, in football, baseball and swimming. Most baseball players don't have a swimming background, how do you think swimming has helped you in baseball?

I think itís actually really given me a good physical base with a good combination of strength and flexibility. I think Iím pretty flexible and itís really given me a good strength base.

You currently are playing second base, what other positions can you play and what position do you see yourself at in the future?

Well, thatís another thing I learned in college, I am not a one position player. I hadnít even played second base until I got here [Bristol]. I can play short stop. I can play third. I like the outfield. Pretty much I donít really see myself as a one position guy. If the organization sees me as a second baseman, thatís cool, but I pretty much feel I can play anywhere they want me to play. And I do feel pretty comfortable at second base right now.

What do you feel your strengths are?

I think I have good speed. I think I can hit for occasional power, surprising power. My arms, my hands, I guess I would say just the whole package. Iím not really great at anything, but I am good at everything. If I had to pick one thing, Iíd say it was my hands.

What do you feel like you need to improve upon?

Everything really. I have a lot of the physical things down, but I think a lot of its going to be mental. Going out there everyday, having mental toughness to go to the plate if youíre in a 0 for 10 or 0 for 15 slump. Being able to come out the next day and mentally focus and get ready to play. Or come back from an error. So, I think the big adjustment where I really need to work on is maintaining my physical qualities and then gaining a mental toughness.

What do you do in your down time?

Sleep (chuckles,) really not much. Right after the game, we pretty much just get something to eat and itís to bed. Really, we just hang. I hang out of with a lot of guys. I live with eight other players. We just kind of hang around, trade stories and find out things about where each other is from and thatís about it. We go out sometimes, but itís usually nothing big at all.

Favorite Sports Team (besides the White Sox): Philadelphia Phillies
Favorite Athlete growing up: Darryl Strawberry
Favorite TV show: 24
Favorite Movie: Man, thatís tough, probably That Thing You Do
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Artist: Stereophonics

Future Sox.com would like to thank Matt tremendously for taking part in the interview and we wish him the best of luck on the rest of the season and in the future.

07-20-2006, 07:22 PM
Also, in case some of you that are interested didn't see, FutureSox just finished up its entire draft review, which gave little reports about all 50 draft picks.

Monday we'll be releasing an interview we just had with Lucas Harrell and than we'll be working on a mid-season top 20 prospect list and you can bet Harrell will be one of the big risers with Liotta one of the big fallers.

Draft Recap: Rounds 1-10 (http://www.futuresox.com/frontpage/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=342)
Draft Recap: Rounds 11-20 (http://www.futuresox.com/frontpage/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=337)
Draft Recap: Rounds 21-30 (http://www.futuresox.com/frontpage/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=334)
Draft Recap: Rounds 31-40 (http://www.futuresox.com/frontpage/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=332)
Draft Recap: Rounds 41-50 (http://www.futuresox.com/frontpage/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=331)