The White Sox hosted a conference call with Knights 3B Brent Morel. FutureSox.com was among the participants to discuss his recent promotion to AAA, his progression as a player, and the philosophies behind the White Sox minor league system.
Is there a difference between AA and AAA?
Not really. As far as a hitting standpoint, the pitching is a little more developed, but the stuff might be a little better down in AA. The guys up here in AAA seem to have a better idea on what pitching is about, a little more seasoned.
On how the organization views Brent as a player
They seem really pleased with me defensively. I’m ready to play in the big leagues based on my defense, but I need to get some more at bats before I’m ready to stay in the majors.
On playing in Regions Park
Hitting in Birmingham, the park plays to a much bigger fields, one of the biggest in the minor leagues. Balls seem to hang up in the OF, but on the flip side, the infield plays pretty quick.
On the progression of Dan Hudson
He seems to be getting ahead with his fastball. There always seems to be a lot of life on it. He can throw his slider to righties whenever the situation calls for it. I know he got some time in the Majors last year, but he really looks polished right now.
On how important hitting coaches and instructors have been
Hitting coordinators have all helped me, but as far as the impact they have made, it’s more approach based and what to look for. Usually the roaming instructors only meet with you on a limited basis, so there isn’t a ton they can do aside from talk to you about situations and approach.
Could you move to another position to reach the majors quicker?
I don’t think they will ever move me from third. Viciedo is really only playing 1st at this point, and doing a good job. Based on what the organization has told me, they want me at the hot corner. I had a good talk with the organization, and they just want me to develop, and whenever I’m ready, they told me they will make room for me, and not have to worry about moving around.
On playing in the Arizona Fall League
It was a great experience. I really wanted the call, but with Dayan getting the invite, I went to instructional league to work on a few things, then went back home. When Dayan got hurt, I got the call to go back to AZ, and I was really happy to get the chance to compete against those guys.
On the influence Buddy Bell has had
I have been privileged to have him as minor league coordinator. Hearing his take on the little things, stuff you don’t get coached on, he has really helped me a lot. He played the position at a high level, so when he talks about stuff like positioning, it’s a huge help, and something not a lot of guys see.
What do you still need to improve on?
My hitting approach and staying consistent at the plate. I think my defense is there, but developing a consistent approach, and trying to stay with the same approach every day.
FutureSox would like to personally thank Marty Maloney for setting up the interview as well as the rest of the White Sox front office and of course Brent for taking his time.