I had the opportunity to get what I believe is the first Q+A with Allan Dykstra since he was acquired from the San Diego Padres for RHP Eddie Kunz. Dykstra, a 2008 1st round pick by Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta’s crew in San Diego should open up as the Double-A first baseman. I touched on a few topics, and here’s what Allan had to say.
PSL2F: If you were a scout assigned to watch Allan Dykstra, what would your scouting report be?
AD: Has plus power and good strike zone discipline. Still needs to clean bat path up a little.
PSL2F: A lot of people believe this trade was heavily influenced by Paul DePodesta and Sandy Alderson’s knowledge of you from their days in San Diego. How much do you know them? And what do you know about them?
AD: I just met them when I was drafted and signed in 2008. I know they look strongly into OBP and OPS
PSL2F: At Wake Forest you were teammates with Mets LHP Eric Niesen, will it make the adjustment to moving to the Mets organization easier that Niesen will likely be a teammate of yours?
AD: It definitely makes it easier knowing Eric. I played with Eric for 2 years at Wake Forest and spent a summer with him in Chatham in the Cape Cod Summer League. He is someone I can ask questions to and guide me through some of the changes
PSL2F: You are listed as a first baseman, are you comfortable playing any other positions?
AD: I have only played 1B in pro ball but in college I played a little of 3B and OF.
PSL2F: You made some strides from 2009 to 2010, improving in nearly every category. What are some of your goals for 2011?
AD: My goals are to keep on improving and to regain a level of comfort especially with my swing. I feel like the changes I made around the all-star break last year and some smaller ones i made in the offseason have been going really well
PSL2F: Growing up who did you model your game after?
AD: Growing up I always loved Cal Ripken Jr but I think I modeled my game after Chipper Jones
PSL2F: Your favorite of the following: Band/musician,food and hobby
AD: I listen to pretty much all types of music so to pick one would be really tough. As far as food I would have to say Mexican. And hobby, does Netflix and video games count?
PSL2F: Now the next two will be questions from fans of the blog that asked me to ask them.
PSL2F: It was reported you hurt your hip playing a basketball game near when you signed with the padres. What is the status of the hip? And did it affect your performance in pro ball? (By the way: a simple Google search would have gotten the answer that this question was inaccurate. But since Allan did take the time to answer it, I am not going to cut it out.)
AD: That is completely false. I had surgery on my hip when I was a freshman in high school. It is fine and I’ve never missed a game because of it. Knock on wood
PSL2F: Have you ever considered joining Twitter? Some Mets minor leaguers are on there including Niesen.
AD: I don’t have a Twitter, sorry. Having a Facebook is already too much!
PSL2F: Lastly, if you had to give Mets fans a message about Allan Dykstra and what to look forward to in you what would it be?
AD: First I’ll just clear up any confusion and say that I am in no way related to Lenny Dykstra(laughs) sorry. And that I am a hard worker who is very grateful and really looking forward to a fresh start.
I’d like to again thank Allan for the time, and look forward to covering him live this year when I go and watch the B-Mets play.