San Diego Padres

Interview With Prospect Matt Antonelli

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 06:  Matt Antonelli #10 of the San Diego Padres runs to first base during the MLB spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Stadium on March 6, 2010 in Peoria, Arizona. The Mariners defeated the Padres 7-4.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Sam BornsteinContributor IJuly 21, 2010

These 10 questions are just everyday questions. Please enjoy it!

Sam Bornstein: What do you like better, Spring Training, or the Minor Leagues? Why?

Matt Antonelli: I enjoy both, but I think I like the regular season a little bit more because the games actually count. It is a lot more fun playing in a game when you know it counts towards winning a championship.

SB: You are ranked as the Padres Top Prospect, how does that make you feel?

MA: It's a good feeling knowing that you are listed as a prospect, but at the same time, it doesn't really matter where you are ranked. I have to continue to get better and improve my game so I can become a Major League starting player no matter what number prospect I am.

SB: When do you see yourself in the Majors?

MA: I hope I can help contribute at the Major League level this season. I feel good about the way I am playing right now and I hope to continue to get better and improve my play.

SB: What was your favorite MLB team growing up?

MA: My favorite team growing up was the Boston Red Sox. When I got drafted, I haven't really been able to continue following them because of all the baseball I am playing. Right now I am strictly a Padres fan.

SB: What baseball player did you look up to growing up?

MA: My favorite player growing up was Nomar Garciaparra. I played short stop as a kid and was huge Red Sox fan, so it was only natural for my favorite player to be Nomar. I liked the way he played the game hard and was a great all-around player.

SB: Do you prefer Right handed pitchers, or Left handed pitchers better?

MA: Usually a right-handed hitter likes hitting off of left-handed pitchers, but for some reason I like facing right-handers more than left-handers.

SB: How is baseball today different from when you were growing up?

MA: When I was younger, there were a lot more home runs being hit than there are today. I grew up watching Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa hitting over 60 home runs a year. Today, if you hit over 30 home runs you had a great year.

SB: What do you think about the Mark McGwire situation?

MA: I am not really sure because you don't really know what really happened. You hear a different story everyday so I'm not really sure what to think about the whole thing.

SB: You were drafted as a 3B; why did you switch to 2B?

MA: The Padres saw me more as a 2nd baseman than a 3rd baseman. My style of play and the way I hit fits better at 2nd than at 3rd. I went to college to play 2nd but was moved over to third because we didn't have a third baseman. I'm glad to be back in the middle infield where I grew up playing.

SB: What sport do you play other than baseball?

MA: In high school I played baseball, hockey, and football. I still love watching hockey, basketball, and football on TV.

SB: Who was the toughest pitcher you have faced in your career so far?

MA: The toughest pitcher for me personally is Daniel Bard. I have struggled against him for much of my college and professional career.

SB: Who do you think will win the NL West?

MA: The Padres, who'd you think? 

SB: Thank you!

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