TCD Prospect Interview: David Winfree

Winfree made the switch to the outfield in 2008.

In our latest edition of prospect interviews, we sat down with one of the better position player prospects in the Twins organization, David Winfree. An RBI machine, Winfree talks to us about moving to the outfield, his goals, what motivates him, and much more.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: What type of approach do you take at the plate?

David Winfree: When I'm hitting my best I am driving the ball the other way, I look to get something along the out over the plate to drive. I wish it was that easy all the time, but you have to make adjustments. As I've moved up guys have better control, more movement and find your way your holes and try to exploit them. So I just try to have a game plan of what I'm going to try to stick to before the game or the series. During a season you face guys multiple times so you have an idea of what they are going to do, but they know you also, so that's why its a battle.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: What would you consider your best attribute?

David Winfree: I consider my power as my best attribute. I feel being able to drive the ball out of the ballpark is a huge part of baseball today.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: After two years in New Britain, do you feel you are ready for Rochester in 2009?

David Winfree: I feel like I am ready to move on to Rochester. I'm not saying I have had the best seasons in New Britain. I have been young for AA both years. I feel like I have done what I needed to do. I definitely know I'm capable of having a lot better years. I got off to slow starts in both of them. I know that I can do better, and I'm eager to see what next year holds.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: Why the switch from third base?

David Winfree: The switch from third base was an organizational move. I found out last off season, and worked on it hard in spring training. I still have tons to learn, but I like right field, I enjoy the challenge of guys trying to run on you. I felt like I played decent this year in the outfield, and I'm looking forward to showing them what I can do out there.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: You have arguably the best power potential in the system, is that something you pride yourself on?

David Winfree: Yes, I take a lot of pride in that. I just don't want to be a pull hitter, I take pride in being able to drive the ball out of all parts of the field.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: You tore the cover off the ball after the All-Star break, did you change anything?

David Winfree: It seems I always have a better second half of the season, that's something I need to try to work on. I would like to get off to better starts. During the beginning of the year I tried to change a lot of things in my swing and that wasn't the answer. I did the same thing last year, don't ask me why I did it again I'm still trying to figure that out. I just started to have more confidence in my ability to hit. I just needed to be more patient find better pitches to hit and not get myself out as much.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: What do you feel you need to work on the most to make it to the big leagues?

David Winfree: Like I said in the last answer, just stick to my game plan, and try to hit my pitch as much as I can. Each year you try to cut down on the amount of times you get yourself out. I need to be more patient draw more walks and trust myself hitting behind in the count. We all like to be ahead in the count, but most of the time it doesn't work out that way, and when it does I need to take advantage of it.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: Word is you could be in Minnesota by 2010, does that kind of talk excite you?

David Winfree: I don't think there is anything that excites me more than making it to the big leagues, and I must say staying there. I can only worry about things I can control, I just need to go out and do my job and perform. I know that everything else will work itself out.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: You really cut down on your strikeouts this season, was that something you wanted to work on20coming into the 2008 season?

David Winfree: I don't think I know a person in baseball that likes striking out. I don't know if I would say it was a goal, because I'm a power and along with that normally comes strikeouts. But, it's even better when you don't strike out a lot and you hit for power. I know I could of had fewer strikeouts if it weren't for the first half, but that's my own fault. Just have to work on it, and get after it next season.

TwinCitiesDugout.com: What are your goals for the 2009 season?

David Winfree: I know every year I have a goal of making it to the big leagues and staying there, I think you should that is the ultimate goal so I know that will be no different for 2009. I don't make statistical goals, I feel it makes me press to much, no matter what you do you will always have numbers in your head. I want to get better a being more patient, hitting my pitch more. I want to challenge the pitcher every at bat, and not have him challenging me. Defensively I want to become better in the outfield working on my first step and routes. Also, base running, I'm not a burner, but I feel like I don't move bad for my size once I get going. Those are just a few, I'm sure I will make more as the off season goes on.

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