Q&A with Bronson Sardinha

Sardinha isn't worried about his power

We caught up with Columbus & Trenton outfielder Bronson Sardinha, who tied a career-high with 16 home runs in 2006, for a Q&A session to talk about his season, what he plans to work on this offseason, who he'd compare himself to at the big league level, which Columbus pitcher he believes has the highest upside, and more.

PinstripesPlus.com: Which position player on the Columbus team do you think has the highest ceiling and why?

Bronson Sardinha: I don't know, it's really tough to say. We've got a pretty veteran team, so there's a bunch of guys that can really play in the big leagues, so it's tough to say.

PinstripesPlus: Which pitcher (on Columbus) do you think has the highest big league upside and why?

Sardinha: Well, we've got a lot of great pitchers. Steven White's got a great arm and a lot of upside, but I could name a bunch of guys like that here.

PinstripesPlus: Who do you think is the biggest sleeper prospect, position prospect or pitcher? Who do you think will fly under the radar, somebody who doesn't get the attention he deserves but will become a quality big leaguer?

Sardinha: I really like the way Cannizaro plays the game and goes about his business. He plays real hard every day, and without him playing every day, I don't know what would've happened.

PinstripesPlus: Heading into the offseason, what do you need to work on the most to be ready for next season and what will you be doing to work on it? What's your biggest weakness right now?

Sardinha: Well, the offseason's just going to be me working out a lot, and working with what I've picked up this year. Hitting-wise, learning how to handle certain pitches, things like that. I've been working a lot with Kevin Long, the hitting coach; he's been teaching me a lot. If I can take that into the offseason, there are a lot of things I can work on just from what he's taught me. But also, I want to work on my all-around game, not just the offensively, but defensively, being a little bit more consistent.

PinstripesPlus: Do you think you'll work more on hitting or defense?

Sardinha: More so on hitting. To get up to the next level, you have to be able to hit, so I have to work on my hitting, and hitting will get me there, and my defense will come along.

PinstripesPlus: What would you say is your biggest strength as a player?

Sardinha: I think it's still hitting. It's always been my strength throughout my career, and I hope eventually it's what's going to get me to the big leagues.

PinstripesPlus: What was the season like for you?

Sardinha: Well, I think it's been a good year. I've taken the time a lot this year to kind of work on improving myself in every aspect, and it has worked out. I think I still have some rough patches coming up in the future, but I think hitting can take me where I want to go.

PinstripesPlus: To give our fans a better idea of the type of player you are, who would you compare your game to at the Major League level and why?

Sardinha: Well, hitting wise, I would say an outfielder with power, even like a Sheffield or a Matsui, or someone like that.

PinstripesPlus.com Recommended Stories