Tim Alderson Prospects Chat

    Josh (NY): What is it like to be the centerpiece in a trade for a significant big leaguer?

Tim Alderson: It’s a huge honor. You never expect to be traded and when you do get traded for a big leaguer it takes you a bit by surprise.

    Dan (PA): Who was your childhood baseball hero?

Tim Alderson: I didn’t really have one. I just loved
watching the game. I actually loved watching the position players and
power hitters back in the day. I always wanted to be the kid hitting
the homeruns so I never really focused on the pitchers.

    Dan (PA): Who is your current favorite major league player?

Tim Alderson: Roy Halladay. He does some amazing things on the mound.

    Brett (Altoona, Pennsylvania): Hi Tim, It was
    a pleasure seeing you pitch for the Altoona Curve towards the end of
    the season. What are your goals for 2010 and how did it feel
    transitioning in your first change of organizations? Best of luck.

Tim Alderson: The main goal every year is to stay
healthy, throw a 150-plus innings, and get your team deep into the
season. I look forward to getting to know the organization a bit more
and become comfortable as a Pirate.

    Raul (Tucson, Az): Tim, what's the biggest difference you've noticed in the philosophies or methods between the Giants and Pirates organizations?

Tim Alderson: The Giants gave me a huge opportunity to
start in High A and just let me pitch. The Pirates are much more hands
on and have very structured programs with all their players, position
and pitchers. Both systems have really helped me grow as a player.

    Jason (Wilmington, NC): You got to see Madison
    Bumgarner pitch up close. Is he a Glavine-type who doesn't rely on high
    velocity, or is he more of a pitcher with Johan Santana potential whose
    velocity dipped at the end of the year?

Tim Alderson: We were drafted in the same year. He put
up ridiculous numbers last year and it was great having him as roommate
on the road. We had a friendly competiton and made each other better.
It’s amazing what he has done so far but there are bigger things ahead
for him.

    Pat (NJ): What was your favorite place to pitch in the Eastern League?

Tim Alderson: For whatever reason I had a ton of
success in New Hampshire. I felt really comfortable there and I really
enjoyed throwing there.

    Jamie (Virginia): Hey Tim,
    Just curious if you noticed a big philosphy difference in a team like
    Pittsburgh that is in the process of building to a contender and the
    Giants where you came from who is already in that contending mode?
    Thanks and best of luck this year.

Tim Alderson: I am very excited to start fresh with a
new group of guys. In a couple of years fans are going to see these
trades pay off. With the prospects and current players the Pirates have
we’re excited to see what we can do in the future.

    Ed (Gibsonia, PA): Tim,
    As a life long Pirates fan I was very excited to hear that the Pirates
    were able to trade for you last year. There has been a lot written
    about your unorthodox delivery. Have you had discussions with the
    Pirates coaching staff about making changes to your delivery?

Tim Alderson: The delivery is something I have always
done, without knowing what it looked like. I have always been throwing
that way since Little League. If you ask me to bend my leg that way I
probably couldn’t do that for you but when I pitch it feels very

    Jimmy (Perry, Ga.): Hi Tim. Who was the
    toughest hitter you faced last year, and who is the toughest hitter
    you've faced during your career? Is there anyone in particular who
    seems to have your number?

Tim Alderson: I’d say Brandon Snyder at Bowie in
Double-A last year. Whatever I threw he hit whether it was for a single
or for power. The kid was flat-out on fire the whole series. I don’t
think anyone got him out.

    david (phoenix az): did you ever get josh garcia out when you were at horizion?

Tim Alderson: Josh hit a bomb or two off of me back in the day. I’m not sure if he owned me but we had some good battles.

    MisterE (Yuba City,Ca): Glad to be one of the
    first to chat, are you excited about 2010 and Playing for the Pirates.
    You are playing for a young and exciting team. What do you think is
    going to be a challenge this year when you go out to the Mound? Are you
    ready to face Sluggers like Pujols, Holliday, Fielder?

Tim Alderson: Yes I am very excited to be a Pirate. As
far as facing Pujols and any major league hitter, it will be a huge
honor to go up against the best in the game and I look forward to the

    Dan (PA): Do you think you see the Pirates putting together a playoff team in the next couple of years?

Tim Alderson: Yes. There is a lot of young talent in
the minors. After a couple of years all of those trades are going to
pay off. It’s going exciting to see the guys become the players I know
they can be.

    Charlie (Charlestown): I like to collect
    autographed baseball cards, so I was wondering how long does it take to
    sign all the cards you're featured on? (from the 2007 products) Do the
    companies get you to do that right after signing your professional
    contract? Thanks and best wishes!

Tim Alderson: It takes a long but I enjoy doing it. It’s something that I think is important, I want to do, and is an honor.

    Josh (NY): How difficult was it to walk away from the opportunity to play for someone as esteemed in the baseball community as Pat Casey?

Tim Alderson: It was definitely tough. Going to OSU
was definitely something I wanted to do because I fell in love with the
whole atmosphere of the town. But given the opportunity to play ball at
a young age, stay close to home during spring training was something I
couldn’t pass up. It’s a great program, they’re a great team, and I
wish the best and I hope they get back to Omaha.

    mike (boston): do you study film on the off season? what do you look for?

Tim Alderson: I have just started to study film. It
has been real cool to see the difference from HS to now. It allows me
to see what I am doing differently and I feel like I am ready to get
back the mechanics I use when I am at my best.

    C Talboo (Coopersburg PA): Tim,

    How does the off season conditioning program of the Pittsburgh Pirates differ from that of the San Francisco Giants.

    Thank you

Tim Alderson: The Pirates have a structured workout
set up for us right when we get to the field everyday. They focus a lot
on strengthening our legs so I have doing a ton of running and lower
body work. I have been working hard at a facility near my house called
FitLife to continue the workouts the Pirates gave me while I am not at
the complex.

    Ace (Cave Creek AZ): Tim who is the best pitcher you've had the oppurtinity to play with?

Tim Alderson: Kevin Rhoderick who I played with all
through high school at Horizon. He’s the closer at Oregon State right
now he has always had nasty stuff.

    Troy (PHX,AZ): Who was the best Horizon player, Ryan Mills, B.Wood, or T.Alderson?

Tim Alderson: I haven’t seen Ryan Mills pitch but I
hear he has some great stuff. Brandon Wood is getting his feet wet in
the majors this year and he is going to do big things in the future. He
is a Horizon Husky legend.

    Reggie (Ottawa, IL): Most top pitching
    prospects were good athletes in high school and also played a
    position...as a professional do you miss hitting?

Tim Alderson: Yes I do miss hitting. Last year I got
the chance to hit a little bit. I hit a home run against the
Binghampton Mets. As I was rounding the bases Ike Davis who was one of
the top AZ high school hitters ever was heckling me. It was a great
feeling to know I could get a hold of one.

    Nick (NY): Tim, thanks for chatting with us.
    We're looking forward to your MLB debut (hopefully this year). Much has
    been made about the drop-off in "stuff" that you experienced in 2009.
    Do you feel that is fair? Were you injured or is there some other
    explanation? Thanks again and good luck!

Tim Alderson: I am not sure how to explain it but I
did have a small drop in my velocity last year. It was a blessing in
disguise because I have been focusing more on pitching than just
getting on the mound and throwing and I am learning how to get people
out without my best stuff.
Thanks for all the questions guys. It’s been a lot of fun. I am sorry I
wasn’t able to get to all of your questions but, I appreciate you guys
following me and I look forward to next season.