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Jul '10 28

Interview with Frederic Hanvi, Minnesota Twins Organization



Jakub Janda talked with French minor leaguer Frederic Hanvi of the Minnesota Twins organization who is playing in the Gulf Coast League right now.

Frederic HanviFrederic Hanvi

  • born May 2, 1989
  • French catcher for Minnesota Twins organization

Jakub Janda: Frederic, please, give us a few words on your baseball career.

Frederic Hanvi: My baseball career has been good for now. I have the chance to play professional baseball. Nothing could be more better than that

JJ: As a catcher in the professional system, do you work more on your defensive skills? What have you been working on the most?

FH: Since the season started I only played the outfield but when we were in extended I was catching. The others catchers and I worked most of the time on receiving the ball to get more strike being the plate and to show the pitcher they can have confidence in you. When you have a pitcher and a catcher can’t catch his breaking ball, it can’t work.

JJ: You were just the second player signed from the French baseball. Do you think there should be more people getting signed from France?

FH: Yes , I really think more players will get the chance to play in the US. A 17 years old catcher got signed like 3 weeks ago. It’s showing that players are working hard in France.

JJ: How did you get signed?

FH: It’s very simple. It was at the Junior European championship in 2007. Scout was there and I just try to do my best to show them that i can play pro ball and it work. After that, one came to see me in France and offer me a contract. Best day of my life.

JJ: Tell us about your 2009 and 2010 season.

FH: My 2009 season was quick. We had four catchers in the team so it’s hard to play one day and then wait 3 more days to play again. I should get more playing time this year so it will be better.

JJ: How did you like playing in Australia?

FH: I played in Australia in 2008 and it was good. I had a good season and it was fun to play with the team I played with.

Frederic Hanvi 2JJ: What are you plans for the future?

FH: My plan is just to keep working hard and to see what happen. If I get the chance to play at a higher level.

JJ: How do you like chances of the French team at the European Championship?

FH: I think that if France play good defense, we’ll have a good European Championship and get a place for the world cup. The team looks good to me.

JJ: Are you still going to participate at the European Championship of U21?

FH: I do not know yet about the European championship of U21. I know my coach talk to the Twins but I’m not sure about what they decide. For now I’m playing in the US and the Twins tell me that I should go to the Championship, I will.

Thank you.
Jakub Janda
Jandis(at)volny.cz




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