Prior to the start of the series against the Iowa Cubs, I had the chance to sit down with new Colorado Springs Sky Sox third baseman Brandon Macias. Earlier this month, Macias made the jump directly from Advanced Class A to Triple-A by hitting .357 for the Brevard County Manatees in the Florida State League.
His best professional season thus far came in 2012, when he hit .288 with eight homers and 63 RBIs for Wisconsin in the Class A Midwest League.
Kevin Henry: How has Triple-A been for you so far?
Macias: It’s been fun. Being here was a little unexpected for me, but I’ve always said that wherever and whenever I’m needed, I will be there. When I was being called up to Triple-A, I knew I was needed there and I’ll be ready to do whatever I can here.
Henry: So you said the call-up was a little unexpected. Tell me about that.
Macias: Yeah, it was a little bit of a surprise, but I’ve been preparing for it all year. I knew when I was called up that I would be needed, so I’m ready to do whatever I can for this team.
Henry: And what’s the adjustment to Triple-A pitching been like for you?
Macias: It’s been a little bit of an adjustment. I haven’t seen as many fastballs here as I have in the past. It’s forcing me to make some adjustments and I’m starting to get there.
Henry: Your first Triple-A hit was a triple. Tell me about it.
Macias: It felt really good. It always feels good when you have that first hit at a different level. I don’t really consider myself to be a “speed” guy so I was really surprised it turned into a triple. The ball just went into the corner and I saw the coach waving me on to third. Honestly, I felt like I kind of ran out of gas when I got to second. I need to get used to the altitude here.
Henry: What was the biggest thing you worked on in the offseason?
Macias: The last couple of years, I’ve really been trying to focus on hitting the ball the other way. Hitting the ball to the opposite field is a big focus for me right now and I think it’s coming along.
Henry: The Sky Sox have you listed as a third baseman right now, but you’re playing multiple positions. Is that something that comes naturally to you?
Macias: Absolutely. I’ve played right field, shortstop, third base, and even first base in spring training. My defense has always been one of the strongest parts of my game. Being able to play multiple positions is one of the things I can bring to the team and help out where needed.
Henry: Where do you feel the most comfortable?
Macias: I’ve moved around for a couple of years so I’m pretty comfortable anywhere. It keeps things interesting when you don’t know where you’re going to be playing from night to night. I’ve spent most of my career at third base but played shortstop growing up. There are a lot of darn good shortstops in this system so I’m glad to play wherever I am needed. I do like playing third because everything comes at you fast and you always need to be ready.