Post-season Q&A: Matt Camp

Matt Camp

Matt Camp didn't play like a 13th-round draft pick in his first season out of college. The 22-year-old center fielder led the Northwest League in hits and batted .289 with 22 stolen bases and a .350 on-base percentage in 74 games with the Class Low-A Boise Hawks in 2006. His season went so well that the Cubs are now giving him a look at another familiar position on the diamond.

Inside The Ivy: Let's get your thoughts on the season you and your team had this year.

Matt Camp: When I first left Mesa and came to Boise, we started off struggling. Our team started 2-9, but things worked out. Once we got past those first couple of games, the team started a win streak and we played good together.

Inside The Ivy: You led the league in hits. What about your season individually?

Matt Camp: It was a lot of fun. I was fortunate to get hits here or there and as a leadoff guy, that's what you try to do – whether it be a blooper, or a line drive. I do what I can to get on. Sometimes things work out and thank God they have so far. Hopefully it will continue throughout my career.

Inside The Ivy: What about your teammates at Boise?

Matt Camp: I had great teammates. They were all productive. We're all in the same organization so I'll look forward to many more years with these guys and hope that the next few years are as good as this one.

Inside The Ivy: Were there any real adjustments you had to make once you got to the professional level?

Matt Camp: Not really. I'd had some experience with the wooden bats in summer ball before. Playing every day was one thing. You get tired at times, but once you get an off day, you try to take advantage of it and get back into the swing of things. That was somewhat of a change for me.

Inside The Ivy: What can you tell us about your time in the Instructional League so far?

Matt Camp: We've been down here for about five days now. I've kind of got into the hang of things right before the games start. Starting Friday, we'll start playing teams with other Instructional League's in the area. The weather has actually cooled off for the first time I've been here in a couple of days. It's not 120 here anymore!

Inside The Ivy: What are you working on at the moment?

Matt Camp: They've got me working at second base in order to become a utility player. In college, for most of the time, I was a second base/shortstop guy. I went through some injuries and errors in the infield, so that's what brought me to the outfield. Our coach knew I was versatile. I went out and ended up taking it home. The Cubs knew that when they drafted me, so they let me do my thing in Boise. But once I got to instructs, they decided to put me back in the infield to see what I can do. Hopefully I'll be able to move through the system. If I'm playing outfield and a man goes down at a higher level, I can play second base and still be a leadoff hitter. That's a plus for me.

Like I said, I played a lot of infield in college. Growing up, I'd never actually played outfield before. I didn't play any outfield until a week before our season started in my freshman year. Our coach wanted me to lead off and we had an all-senior infield, so I definitely didn't mind playing there.

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