Q&A with Colter Bean

Bean Wants a Chance with Yankees

Colter Bean had one of the best seasons that a reliever could possibly have this year in AAA but how come nobody seems to notice? It is pretty common for Bean so he does not let it bother him. Some call him a "trick pitcher" in a negative sense but Colter Bean has been tricking a lot of batters the last two seasons with great success. Now, let's get some more insight on the side arming righty as Colter sat down with us for a little chat about his game.

PinstripesPlus: First, I would like to say that you definitely deserve a shot in the Major Leagues.

Colter Bean: Thanks, you guys and my wife, that's two.

PinstripesPlus: We rated you one of our top 5 pitchers of the year at PinstripesPlus.com.

Colter Bean: I appreciate it. I just want an opportunity.

PinstripesPlus: So do you think you'll be in the Yankee organization next year?

Colter Bean: I don't know yet a lot of stuff has to happen in the next few months. I am still under contract with them for the next 2 years.

PinstripesPlus: People sometimes describe you as a trick pitcher. What do you think about that?

Colter Bean: I get that a lot, but isn't that pitching? Trying to fool the hitter so, yeah, if that is what you call it, but I know my stuff and what I can do with it so I try and use it the best I can. Pitching is one thing and one thing only and that is getting hitters out. That is the name of the game.

PinstripesPlus: Tell us about your repertoire.

Colter Bean: It is pretty simple. I have a fastball, slider, and changeup.

PinstripesPlus: From what we heard from David Shepard, your slider is nasty. Is that true?

Colter Bean: Well, I throw sidearm so it gives me a different look, and that is a key.

PinstripesPlus: What made this past season so great for you? Did you do anything different? You were flat out dominating.

Colter Bean: I just pitched, changed speeds and tried to learn from every outing. Sal Fasano, our catcher, really helped out a lot.

PinstripesPlus: What did you think about being a part of the Red Sox organization briefly?

Colter Bean: Well, I loved it. They gave me an opportunity that New York has never given me. I will always remember that. It truly was a great experience. All those guys are top notch professionals.

PinstripesPlus: Why did you get sent back?

Colter Bean: They pretty much had their bullpen set before I got there, and honestly I wondered why they even picked me up in the rule 5 draft.

PinstripesPlus: Did any of their big club guys in particular help you out a lot?

Colter Bean: Well, just being around all those guys helped me, just seeing how things work and how to do things at that level was priceless. It really gave me a different mind set and let me know that I could play at that level and be productive. I think that mindset helped me through this past year.

PinstripesPlus: Will it be very disappointing to you not to get an MLB chance in 2005? Could you handle another disappointment?

Colter Bean: I think I could handle it but I don't know if I will choose to handle it. My wife and I have had too much time apart in the past four years. I need to start to make some money in this game. Getting into another organization is not really up to me because I am contractually bound to the Yankees for another 2 years, but I would definitely loved to play for a team who wanted me in the big leagues. Who wouldn't?

PinstripesPlus: Is it possible you would be available on the rule 5 draft again this year if you aren't added to the 40 man roster?

Colter Bean: Absolutely, and I hope that works out.

PinstripesPlus: People have called you a "Moneyball" player. Billy Beane seems to like you. What do you think about that?

Colter Bean: Billy Beane likes me because of the last names I guess. (laughing) Really, that would be great. I played college ball with Tim Hudson so that would be fun. I just want an opportunity.

PinstripesPlus: What exactly do you think is causing the Yankees to keep overlooking you?

Colter Bean: That is the magic question. Well, last year it was because I couldn't get lefties out so I tried to correct that this year. This year I don't know what it was but I am open for suggestions. I honestly think I have surprised the Yankees with the success I have had over the past few years, and that is what drives me it always has, people doubting or underestimating me. Or it could be that I don't throw 100 mph, who knows.

PinstripesPlus: How frustrating was it to see guys like Nitkowski, Proctor and Prinz go up before you?

Colter Bean: It's not really that frustrating because he (Nitkowski) was a lefty, had big league time, and he is a first class guy. I was more happy for him than anything. Of course, I still would have loved to have been the guy to go up. Those other guys were higher on the priority list than me I guess because they were on the roster, and they also pitched well in Columbus. Our bullpen there was unreal. It was probably just as good as some big league bullpens.

PinstripesPlus: Which one of your teammates impressed you the most?

Colter Bean: Andy Phillips. That was easy.

PinstripesPlus: How about Halsey?

Colter Bean: I tell you what..our whole team was great, one of the best group of guys I have ever played with. We had a blast. Halsey did a great job for us. All he did was throw strikes consistently.

PinstripesPlus: You are one of the most talked about prospects along with Dioner Navarro in the Yankee Farm System. What do you think about that?

Colter Bean: Navarro is a prospect I think I am just a suspect. My fan club was pretty limited I thought. But that is fine. I am not worried about people banging down my door here in Alabama. It is easy going.

PinstripesPlus: What was Navarro like to throw to?

Colter Bean: He really was raw when he first got to Columbus but he worked his tail off and got better and better every game. I had no problem throwing to him what so ever. Sal Fasano really helped him out too.
>br? PinstripesPlus: So are you playing any kind of of ball over the winter to get ready for next year?

Colter Bean: No, I got plenty of innings in the past two years. I am going to rest and work my butt off to trim down and get stronger. I have got to try and get better. Because, if I ever get to the big leagues I don't want to come back.

PinstripesPlus: Do you see yourself as a possible righty specialist or do you feel more than capable of getting lefties out too?

Colter Bean: I think I have to be able to get lefties out also and be the most complete pitcher I can. But, I got lefties out better this year than I did righties, so yes.

PinstripesPlus: What do you think your best performance was ever on the mound?

Colter Bean: Well, in 2003 in Trenton I struck out 8 straight guys. That is about the only one I can think of.

PinstripesPlus: Well, with the season you had in 2004, do you think that would qualify as your best performance?

Colter Bean: I think I just survived this year. (laughing) Remember I get paid to play a game. You can't beat that.

PinstripesPlus: Who did you idolize growing up? Did you model yourself after anyone?

Colter Bean: I always loved the toughness of Roger Clemens and the way he went at hitters.

PinstripesPlus: Who is your favorite team?

Colter Bean: I never really had a favorite team. I guess growing up it was the Cardinals just because they were easy to follow in the 80's since they won a lot.

PinstripesPlus.com would like to thank Colter bean for his time and effort in answering these questions.

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