Q & A with Bijan Rademacher

Bijan Rademacher is quickly becoming a fan favorite for his unique set of skills on the field, so we decided to find out a little bit more about him and his approach to the game.  Bijan was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

JA: What do you enjoy most about being a professional ballplayer?

BR: I enjoy everything about being a professional ballplayer.  It's what I've wanted to do ever since I can remember, so I cherish every moment because I know a lot of people don't get this opportunity that I've been given.

JA: You've had a lot of success at the plate this year.  Please tell us a little bit about your approach as a hitter.

BR: My approach really is to stay within myself and get a quality pitch to drive, but other times it depends on the pitcher.  For example, if the pitcher doesn't really have a plus strikeout pitch, I'll go up there looking for a fastball in a small zone knowing that this pitcher can't beat me if I get to two strikes.

JA:  What kind of goals have you set for yourself this season as you continue to develop as a ballplayer?

BR: It might seem a little cliche but my goals are always to get better everyday. I'm always asking everyone around me what they think I could get better at whether it be MJ (manager Mark Johnson), Tommy (Tom Beyers hitting coach),  or even some of my teammates.

JA: How much interest did teams show in you as a pitcher relative to position player before the MLB Draft?

BR: To be honest, I received interest from almost every team as a pitcher but only a few as a hitter.  Everyone saw how good I could be as a pitcher and would always compare my pitching to my hitting, which ended up hurting me in the long run.  I knew coming out of college that I could hit as well as anyone and I wanted to prove that to people.  I believed in myself and my ability, which is why I turned down teams to become an outfielder.

JA: Not many people know that not only do you have a good arm, but that you can throw both left-handed and right-handed.  Is that something that came naturally to you and have you ever thrown from both sides in the same game?

BR: Yes, when I was younger I would pick up a baseball and throw it with my left hand but when I picked up a football I threw it with my right.  My parents nor I ever thought anything of it until I got old enough to realize that I could throw just about anything with both arms.  I have played in a game where I pitched with my left and then gone out to the field and finished throwing with my right.

JA: The Kane County team looks like a close-knit group and you guys work hard but you also seem to have fun out there -- so who's the prankster on the team?

BR: We all play pranks and jokes on each other.  There's not one guy or one group of guys, it's more of a team kind of thing.  A lot of it is because the coaching staff we have around us.  MJ, Tommy, Kenny (Socorro, coach) and Ron (Villone, pitching coach) make sure we get our work in so that we can joke around and have fun.  The atmosphere is really something else here and it really makes the season that much more enjoyable.

JA: Be honest, do you stop what you're doing to watch Dan Vogelbach and Rock Shoulders take batting practice?

BR: No, I'm too busy running down their balls to notice (haha).  Sometimes I will but I think I was spoiled when I got to see Javier Baez take BP.  So every time I see someone take BP, I just compare them to him and no one is close.

JA:  We're big music fans here at the blog.  What's your walk-up song during home games and what's the last good album you bought that you'd recommend?

BR: That's a tough question because I have so many favorite songs I'd like to use as a walk-up song.  This year I let our strength and conditioning coach pick mine, which is "I Rep That West" by Ice Cube and I have to say it's a solid choice.   An album I'd recommend to people is "Piece of Mind" and "Courage to Grow" by Rebelution.  They are a reggae band from Southern California and are really good guys, plus the music is awesome.

Thanks again to Bijan Rademacher for taking the time to share his thoughts with us.  If you're on Twitter, please give him a follow.  He's at @bijanrad24.



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  • Nice read John.

    Interesting that he feels like me, no one compares to watching Javy swing....

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Yeah, I thought that was great. That really says a lot about Javy because those two can hit the ball a long way, but Javy is special during BP. The sound of the bat is like no other.

    I really enjoyed all of his answers and I thought his approach to hitting was very insightful in that he studies pitchers and has a clear idea of what he wants to do up there.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Yes the sound of Javier's bat is what made me take notice. It's an even stronger impression when you're behind the plate calling a game.

    I think the telltale thing with BR is that while very team saw potential in him as a Pitcher, we saw a potential where others did not. Apparently, he wants to be a position player....

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Yes, I got that impression too. He likes to hit and he's good at it. He knows what he's doing up there.

  • Please do more of these!!!

  • In reply to fsufrenzy911:

    I agree! For me, the Q&A's with the players themselves are golden insights into our future! Thanks John!

  • In reply to fsufrenzy911:

    Will do.

  • Nice he sounds like a smart kid. It's q and a Friday.

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    Very much so. And we know the Cubs emphasize the mental part of the game so it's easy to see why they drafted him.

  • Great stuff John! Cubs Den just gets better. Great insight from Patrick and Bojan.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Thanks 44!

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    Just curious, what is his stuff as a pitcher?

    I hope he makes it as a hitter, though he probably needs to show more power to do so, and needs to advance quickly at the age of 22.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Has hit as high as 95 mph as a lefty, 88 as a RHP. He's an athletic player and his arm is a weapon from the outfield. I've already seen him gun down one guy this year. He also has an intelligent approach at the plate. I think pitching is a bridge they can cross later if things don't work out for him as a position player, but for now let him keep hitting. The power doesn't show up on the box score but I can assure you he does make hard contact and he has enough size/strength to develop power.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    a LHP throwing 95mph has some intriguing value. No wonder every team communicated interest in him as a pitcher.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Yes, not hard to see why at all. It seems like a fallback option for him -- and a very good one at that.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    I'd have to research it, so I going from memory here... but I seem to recall him being rated as the top JUCO pitcher last year. Not sure where that lined him up vs other pitchers drafted as I didn't really read anything on him until the Cubs drafted him.

  • I like this guy. Props to him knowing Rebelution.

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  • Nice interview, John. I would think the fact that he can throw so well RH would mean that he could be used/developed as a two-way player who throws RH when he's in the OF. It seems a shame that the Cubs aren't doing that with him.

    Based on his hitting and age, I would think that he would be about due for a promotion (his low K rate especially is impressive and suggests to me he's ready for Daytona). If not now, then mid-season, when a bunch of OFers are likely to shift upwards (Ha and possibly Silva up to Iowa, Andreoli and Soler to Tenn, Rademacher to Daytona...?). Maybe, the Cubs will wait until the deadline, use AAA vets like Bogusevic to backfill the Cub OF post-trades, and shift everyone upward from there.

  • In reply to SVAZCUB:

    I remember reading when he was drafted that the Cubs may have had an agreement with him to let him be primarily a position player and only if he failed at that would they switch him to pitcher. I think it was a condition of him signing. I can't find that article now though, so maybe I just made that up...

  • John, getting to this read a tad late but thanks for this very much. When I mentioned him the other day you said you would probably do a piece on him sometime.... That was fast did the opportunity just present itself,

  • In reply to Bilbo161:

    It did present itself and I figured you would enjoy it since you asked about him. Glad you got to see it! He's a smart player with some athleticism. Interesting guy.

  • I had no idea how versatile he was. He doesn't still pitch from both sides does he?

  • In reply to Bilbo161:

    No, he pitches lefty. He throws harder from that side.

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