-The K Zone-
January 14th 2017
Interview by Mike Duffy
Chris Powell was drafted in the 39th round of the 2015 draft by the dodgers out of Cal Poly Pomona. In his minor league career he has gone 7 & 3 with a 3.09 Era in 36 games. He was drafted by his favorite team and his Dad was former Dodgers pitcher Dennis Powell. Dennis Powel pitched eight years in the big leagues 2 of which were with the Dodgers.
Mike Duffy: I was wondering when you go from high school, minor leagues, to the majors, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?
Chris Powell: The biggest challenge is the level of competition. Everyone you play is has equal to more talent so each level takes more mental and physical strength if you want to survive.
Mike Duffy: What did you do best this season?
Chris Powell: This was my first full season so I feel I learned a lot this year. I learned how to be a professional, develop a routine and work ethic that I could carry out on a daily basis.
Mike Duffy: This offseason whats the major thing your planning to work on?
Chris Powell: This offseason my goals were to get stronger and work on some of the aspects of my game I felt were weak as well as tune up and maintain my strengths. Also wanted to enjoy my family since I go long periods of time away from them.
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite thing about being an Dodger?
Chris Powell: I have been a dodger fan since a child so playing in this organization is a dream come true. They treat every player with much respect and challenge us to play at our highest level.
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite hobby besides baseball?
Chris Powell: My favorite hobby besides baseball is playing madden and NBA 2k. I love competing against friends. I also like listening to music and finding new places to eat good food.
Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?
Chris Powell: My favorite baseball player was Ken Griffey Jr. because he made the game look so much fun and had a swag that I wanted to immulate.
Mike Duffy: Who’s the hardest batter you faced this season?
Chris Powell: I don’t really have one but the toughest conditions I ever pitched in was the freezing cold in Michigan in early April.
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite stadium?
Chris Powell: I love going to dodger games since that’s my favorite team but the most beautiful stadium I seen was at&t park as much as it pains me to say that.
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite movie/tv show?
Chris Powell: My favorite movie changes a lot but as of now it’s The Other Guys it makes me laugh every time I watch it. Favorite tv show is Walking Dead!
Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?
Chris Powell: Getting me out of a rough time I always like to use comic relief. Laughing with friends or just making someone else smile helps me get over my problems.
Mike Duffy: How did you feel when you got drafted?
Chris Powell: The day I got drafted I was just so happy that my dream of playing professional had finally come and it felt good to see the joy in my parents.
Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite thing about pitching? Whats the hardest thing?
Chris Powell: My favorite thing about pitching is the fact I control the tempo of the game and have the ability to spark my team each time I step on the field. It gets difficult sometimes but I love the challenge of having to go against the very best.
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