Q&A with Brad Snyder
Snyder, 26, was a 2003 first-round draft pick by the Cleveland Indians from Ball State. He batted .273 with 84 home runs and 356 RBI over six seasons in the Indians' farm system. The Cubs claimed him off waivers from Cleveland in September, 2008. Q: What has caused the turn-around for you from the beginning of the season? A: I've finally started to settle in and just get comfortable at the plate. I was trying to do too much; trying to jump out of the gate too early before I really figured out my swing and where it needed to be. Since then, I've made some adjustments and it seemed to help me out a lot. Q: How would you describe yourself as a hitter? A: I'd like to say that I try to be aggressive, but at the same time… how about ‘selectively aggressive?' Q: What did you work on in the off-season? A: I got back to swinging with two hands. For five or six years, I would swing and release a hand off the bat, and now I swing through with both hands. Q: Was it hard coming back from your season-ending thumb injury two years ago, and did that affect your hitting last year? A: It happened in late July and I missed the rest of the season so I was just cut short. I was hoping to get a call-up that year and it just didn't happen. Breaking my thumb made me miss some time, but I made up for it in the off-season. Q: How has the transition been between Cleveland and Chicago? A: It's been an easy transition. This whole organization, top to bottom, including the players, has been awesome. Q: How was working out at the big league camp this spring like? A: It was awesome. Just meeting all the coaches and everything and getting that out of the way in case I get called up at some point is good. That way, you don't have to be so nervous if you get called up because you've already met people during spring training – especially with the players. Already having a relationship with them makes it a lot easier. Q: Do you like being at Iowa? A: Iowa is a great place. It's definitely a hitter's ballpark. Obviously I'd like to be with the [Chicago] Cubs one of these days, but I have to work on stuff and hopefully I get a call-up at some point and I'll be ready to go up.