11 Questions with Bryan Saucedo
* Bryan Saucedo (Toronto, Ont.) selected in the 29th round by the Milwaukee Brewers will attend Riverside City College ….
By Calyton Richer
Bryan Saucedo lives in Toronto, Ont. and was selected in the 29th round of the amateur draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. The 6-foot-3 first baseman is a veteran on the Canadian National Junior Team and is committed on attending Riverside City College in southern California on a scholarship this fall. Saucedo is going to trust the experience and guidance of Riverside coach Dennis Rogers in grooming and preparing him for his next eligible draft and the major leagues.
Saucedo will take his talents from Canada to California with big league dreams in the not so distant future.
Bryan Saucedo Interview:
1. How tough of a decision has is it been trying to decide whether to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers or attend Riverside College and in your opinion do you think you will sign with the Brewers?
Very tough. I respect Brewers scout Jay Lapp. But I’m going to Riverside City College in southern California. My goal is to play in the big leagues, and not get drafted. RCC coach Dennis Rogers spent 10 years coaching pro ball. He is proven at preparing guys like the Atlanta Braves’ Tommy Hanson and the New York Yankees Chris Stewart.
2. In saying that have you had any communication with the Brewers since the draft and are negotiations going as expected?
Jay has been in touch with us often. Pro ball is a big business. I am grateful to Mr. Doug Melvin, Mr. Gord Ash and Mr. Bruce Seid for selecting me.
3. Describe draft day and the days leading up to the Amateur Draft, had you had much dialogue with the Brewers prior to the draft?
It was fun and tough to predict. My family helped with the ups and downs. The Brewers and all MLB teams saw me play often on the JNT and the Ontario Blue Jays club team.
4. You have represented Canada as a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, what was it like playing with the maple leaf on your chest and what is your proudest International moment?
I’m proud of every time I wore the uniform in a practice or game. I’m grateful to Greg Hamilton. He is a good coach. I may not fully appreciate representing the country for a while. I was blessed.
5. What was the greatest obstacle growing up in Canada and what advice do you have for aspiring Canadian baseball players?
The greatest obstacle, cold weather, was also a blessing. It forced me to work hard inside in the weight room. My advice is extra hitting and extra weight lifting pay off.
6. What baseball team did you follow growing up and do you emulate your style around any major league players?
The Red Sox and Jays are my favorite teams. My grandparents took me to lots of Jays games. I like watching Brett Lawrie and Giancarlo Stanton, but try to be myself.
7. For people who have never seen you play, what type of player can they expect from Bryan Saucedo?
I play hard, am still learning, and respect the game. I am a power hitter, but want to grow as a line drive hitter and make more hard contact.
8. What has been your biggest baseball related accomplishment to date?
Being on Team Canada. It is tough to describe wearing the uniform and playing all over the world.
9. Who has been the most influential person in helping you develop as a baseball player throughout your career?
My father and mother. My father grew up playing in Cuba. It is deep in his heart. My mother’s support is different but equally helpful on and off the field.
10. What is the one facet of your game you think you need to improve to make it to the majors?
I need to improve at lots of things — hitting, defense, and the mental game. But that’s the fun of baseball.
11. Who has been the toughest pitcher you have face so far to date in your baseball career and secondly who is the best Canadian player you have played with or against?
I faced some Cuban pitchers when we went down on a trip and most are equally difficult changing speeds and pitching backwards. Jacob Robson is a JNT teammate and friend. He competes every at bat. He was drafted in the 30th round, but does not get enough credit for how good he really is.