In today’s Coach’s Corner, Jim Piascik brings you his recent Q&A with Double-A Akron RubberDucks manager Dave Wallace.
This is a regular in-season and off-season premium piece on the site where Tony Lastoria or I sit down with a coach in the Cleveland minor league system and really break down and discuss several players on the roster and talk about some of the philosophies surrounding the development of players.
In my talk with Wallace, we discussed the atmosphere in Akron down the stretch, Wallace’s assignment to the Arizona Fall League, which players stood out to him in 2014, and, of course, Francisco Lindor.
Note that the interview took place before the start of the Eastern League playoffs and the RubberDucks’ elimination on Saturday, September 6.
As always, these pieces are in a Q&A format in order to provide the raw, uncut comments from the manager or coach.
Q: So just to start off, getting down into it, playoff race, what’s the atmosphere been like here over the last couple weeks, month or so, heading into September?
Dave Wallace (DW): We’re excited, we like the position that we’re in, got a little bit of work left to do, but we’re confident despite not playing our best baseball lately. In fact, we’re probably more confident because of that, that we’re able to be in this spot without playing our best ball, so we know when it starts to click, we’ll be in real good position heading into potential playoffs. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, September 9, 2014