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Waldrop up to Class AA, New Britain


At the beginning of the 2007 season, Kyle Waldrop had a plan. After starting the season with the Minnesota Twins’ Hi-A team in Fort Myers, Fla., the former Farragut High School standout knew it was time to move on.

After starting the season with a 4-2 record and 2.86 ERA in eight starts at Fort Myers, the 21-year old right-hander was called up to AA New Britain (Conn.).

It might seem like a difficult transition from Florida to Connecticut, but for Waldrop it was easy.

“As far as a team standpoint it has been a pretty easy transition because I have played with a lot of these guys here before in the past,” Waldrop said. “As far as the competition goes it’s just playing against a lot of older guys.

“Quite a few guys have already had Major League time before, so the experience factor is what really comes into play.”

In his first four starts for the Rock Cats, Waldrop compiled a 1-3 record with a 6.21 ERA.

“The last few games in double-A I have struggled a little bit,” Waldrop said. “I have left a few balls out over the plate and with the experience of these older players, they take advantage of it a lot more.”

Despite the struggles as of late, Waldrop feels he will eventually settle down and find the comfort zone he experienced in his debut outing in New Britain.

“My first start up here in double-A I threw really well and I’m just working to get back to the consistency that I had when I first came up here,” said Waldrop who gave up one earned-run in seven innings in his debut.

“My goal right now is just to finish the season strong here in double-A. I hit a little bit of adversity the last couple games and there is still a long way left in the season, but I want to get on a consistent roll to gain my confidence back, which I know I can do.”

For Waldrop, consistency relies on two key factors: keeping the ball down and attacking the hitters.

“When I fall behind hitters sometimes the hitters are able to do more damage, so I would just like to go out there, attack the hitters and keep the ball down,” Waldrop said. “That will be my main focus the rest of the year because if I do that I am pretty successful.”

Now that Waldrop is where he wants to be this season, his main objective is to make the most of his opportunities in New Britain.

“The last few games haven’t been as good as I would have liked for them to be, but overall I feel like I have thrown well this year,” Waldrop said. “I think it’s a big step in my development just to be at this level at my age. And if I have a really good solid rest of the season here in AA I will be happy with that.”

 

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