Brandon Douglas: When I was growing up the only teams on TV were the Cubs and Braves. Pretty much all of my friends were Cubs fans so I decided I would be a Braves fan. My favorite player growing up was David Justice. David Eckstein was another player I watched growing up. He wasn't the biggest player, he didn't have the greatest arm, and he didn't hit for power but he played hard every day. I told myself, if he can do it, i can do it!
BYB: You’ve had to deal with some injuries but you still had a very strong year in Lakeland then in Erie, where do you see yourself in 2011?
Brandon Douglas: To be honest it doesn't matter where I play at in 2011. Just as long as I'm on a team and in the lineup I'm happy!
BYB: You’re primarily a middle infielder, and you’ve played a little 3rd base. What is your favorite primary position?
Brandon Douglas: If you asked me this question a few years ago I'd probably say short but after playing second for the past two years I'm going to have to say second base.
BYB: Has there been a fellow player in the minors that has helped you out with your development and career?
Brandon Douglas: I've become close with a few guys over the past couple of years. When any of us struggle or have questions we are right there to help each other out. You never stop learning or stop getting better at baseball. You have to ask questions and watch other players and talk to other guys. If you don't do that you'll never get better.
BYB: What have you been up to this off-season? Anything you’ve been working on to improve for this season?
Brandon Douglas: My main focus this offseason was the weight room. I think being hurt last year really made me realize the importance of weight training and conditioning. I can honestly say this was my best off-season yet and I feel great! I'm excited about this year and can't wait to get things started!
BYB: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
Brandon Douglas: I don't but I know some other guys do. Adam Wilk has about 43 rituals he goes through and he does them even when he doesn't pitch!
BYB: Who is a major league pitcher you’d love to get your first major league hit off of?
Brandon Douglas: Cliff Lee
Thanks to Brandon Douglas for taking the time out of his busy day to answer some questions.