Vaughn, Bradford, Maron, Aderlin and Robles To Represent Mets In AFL

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The 2013 Arizona Fall League Rosters were announced today.

Representing the New York Mets will be OF Cory Vaughn, C Cam Maron, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez, RHP Hansel Robles, and RHP Chasen Bradford.

MMO’s Prince Rahman interviewed Bradford yesterday, here is part of it:

AA is often believed to be the toughest level for players to adjust to in the minor leagues. However, you have been unhittable for Binghamton (0.42 ERA) since your promotion in early July. What adjustments have you made since pitching for St. Lucie earlier this season?

Earlier in the year my stuff wasn’t as sharp as it could have been and I was giving up bloop singles as a result. Ron Romanick has worked with me to make some mechanical changes to my delivery. My stuff has started to move later and closer to the plate, which is what you need in order to reach and pitch in the big leagues.

The next stop on your journey to the Major Leagues is with AAA Las Vegas. You were born and raised in Nevada. The possibility of pitching so close to your family and friends must be very exciting, right?

It would be awesome to get back to Vegas to pitch. My parents have never seen me pitch in a professional ball game. Many of my friends are there so they could come out as well. Pitching in Las Vegas would also bring me one step closer to my ultimate goal.

The minor league season is almost over and the offseason will be here in a few months. What do you do to prepare for a new season and when do you start preparing?

I usually just relax and golf for a month. However, this year there is a chance that I will be playing winter ball so I may have to adjust my plans a little bit. The offseason is where all the hard work begins.

You have an older brother Mark who is in the navy and threw out the first pitch at a Savannah Sand Gnats game last season. Can you describe how special that moment was for you and the impact Mark has had on your life.

It was the best night of my baseball career and a moment I will always hold close to my heart. To see your best friend who is sacrificing so much for you and this country get the opportunity to throw out the first pitch to his younger brother on a professional baseball field is humbling and amazing. Mark even got to hang out with the guys and coaches and they all loved it. I will never forget that moment even though the pitch wasn’t a strike!

You can read the rest of the interview here.

By the way, Mets players will once again play for the Scottsdale Scorpions and in addition to the Mets will showcase players from the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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