Q & A with Ronny Cedeno
Ronny Cedeno in in his first full season with the Pittsburgh Pirates and looks to be the everyday shortstop for 2011. The 27-year-old Venezuelan native talked about his 2010 season.
How would you evaluate your 2010 season offensively and defensively?
“I think defensively I’ve been doing okay, but I would like to get better,” Cedeno said. “Defensively I feel good. I’ve been able to concentrate every ground ball, take care of it and make the play. Don’t try to do too much. Just go out there, have fun and do the best you can.
Since Cedeno has been the starting shortstop this season, there has been three starting second baseman –Delwyn Young, Aki Iwamura and Neil Walker. Has it been difficult for Ronny to adjust?
“No. I think it is fun to play different second baseman. The most important thing is to communicate with each other. Every one of them is little bit different so you nee to communicate to do your job.”
Cedeno plays next to a few members of the Pirates “young core” –Pedro Alvarez ad Neil Walker. What are his thoughts on the second and third basemen?
“Those two guys have a lot of talent. They can both be really good players. Neil has had a chance to play a lot of second base this year and he’s becoming consistent over there. And Pedro, he has unbelievable pop. He has to learn a little it more because he’s so young, but when he gets more experience I think he’s going to be a great third baseman for the Pirates.”
When Cedeno was traded from Seattle last season, he said he was happy to be back in the National League.
“Yeah. I still feel that way. The American League is very tough. They don’t throw you as many pitches close to the plate, It’s a lot of off-speed stuff. In the National League, they throw you more fastballs. You just have to make them throw it in the strike one. If you do that you’re going to get fastballs to hit.”
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