Wednesday morning Blue Jays pitching prospect Ian Kadish learned that his season will continue. With the news that John Stilson couldn't participate in Arizona Fall League, Kadish was added to the Salt River roster.
Rest? The reliever,24, says he was looking forward to enjoying some after instructional league concluded, but that does not outweigh the rest.
Here's what he had to say Thursday.
When asked if he was happy to get the rest or if the news was welcome: Both. But this was too good of an opportunity to pass up. You never know. It could be a one-time thing. I'm very excited. That was a great way to start the day yesterday.
How he heard: Our assistant coordinator called me in and I thought it was just to check in and catch up. But then he told me that there was an opportunity for me to continue playing. He asked if I would be interested and I said absolutely. They said they thought it would be great for me and that I deserved it.
What he'll work on: Tightening up my slider. Not just as an out-pitch, but throwing strikes with it. I'm going to continue to refine it. That way next year I'll be able to throw it a lot more consistently.
When asked about differences between levels [he pitched in Low-A & High-A ball]: The biggest difference is that the hitters know the zone better. They don't chase as much in their at-bats. So instead of nibbling at the corners, I needed to attack them more and not try to be so perfect and so fine. I [learned} to let them hit my pitch.
Kadish pitched for the Class-A Vancouver Canadians and Low-A Lansing Lugnuts, going 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 40.2 innings this season. He finished the season with 57 strikeouts, with just one home run surrendered.
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