Jays From the Couch had the chance to sit down with Toronto Blue Jays’ pitcher, Sean Reid-Foley during a recent trip to Buffalo
Sean Reid-Foley has been making a splash in Buffalo with the Bisons as of late. His latest numbers being shared all over twitter are impressive, so JFtC made the pilgrimage to AAA to have a chat with Reid-Foley to see just where he’s at. He obliged with a smile.
In-between Danny Jansen peppering the the protective netting in left with home run baseballs…
Sean Reid-Foley has faced 16 batters and allowed just a single while striking out five.
— Buffalo Bisons🦬 (@BuffaloBisons) July 22, 2018
JFtC: Last year there were some struggles, they seem to be resolved. What adjustments did you make?
SRF: Really working with Vince (Horsman) down in Double A and Steamer (Bob Stanley) up here about getting back to how it was in 2016 in High A and that’s kind of where it’s been and what we’ve been running with.
JFtC: With all the different coaches you’ve been working with, do you ever have a problem with conflicting information?
SRF: No, we’re all on the same page and it’s a good group. It’s pretty easy to communicate with them.
JFtC: So even with all of their different backgrounds and different coaching styles they still have the same message?
SRF: Yes…just really do what got you here. They don’t really want to take you away from what made you who you are. It’s good.
JFtC: What would be your favourite go-to pitch?
SRF: Probably the fastball.
JFtC: Would that be considered your most successful?
JFtC: Your favourite go-to doesn’t have to be your most successful…
SRF: Ya, I mean you’ve gotta live and die with that you know best and for me personally that’s my fastball. I like to use it a lot if you look at all the percentages, so I would say yes.
JFtC: What do you think is the right thing for a starting pitcher to have in his arsenal?
SRF: It varies person to person. I would just say confidence in general for whoever gets on the mound or steps in the box.
JFtC: What kind of adjustments do you have to make if you’re going to be seeing the batting order for the third time in a game?
SRF: Just make sure you’re executing your pitches, being there with the baseball and getting down in the zone. It varies game to game. A line up’s a line up, and how certain hitters are.
JFtC: You can make those adjustments right in the game though?
SRF: Usually I leave it up to the catchers and they know what’s working and they are very confident in what they put down.
JFtC: How do get used to a catcher on the fly?
SRF: Up here I’ve had all three throughout my career and down in Double A I’ve had all three throughout also, so it wasn’t really a big adjustment this year. They know what works best and they pick up on it outing to outing, because it changes.
JFtC: Ok but you get called up to Toronto and all of a sudden you have Russell Martin catching you. How do you adjust to him and his style?
SRF: It goes back to how it is here. You trust in everything they put down and make sure you throw every pitch with conviction. I mean, you’ve got to trust them…
JFtC: There’s been talk of the umpires and a shrinking strike zone. How do you make adjustments for that in a game? If you have a curveball that goes right on the outside and is usually called a strike, and then all of a sudden you’re in a game where his strike zone is totally different, can you make those adjustments right in game?
SRF: Yes, I mean, you’ve got to either, one, start it more on the plate or you’ve got to make sure you’re in the count where they’re possibly going to swing at it. You’ve got to get ahead and keep the same approach, whatever the game calls for that night.
JFtC: Do you have a mentor?
SRF: I talk to my brother a lot. That’s who I kind of use. He tells me how it is, even if it’s not what I want to hear.
JFtC: When we talked to Conner Greene last year, he mentioned getting help from Aaron Sanchez, is there anyone in the system that has been able to help you out?
SRF: Sanchez is one of them..I’d say right now up there with Borucki I bounce stuff off of him, talk to him. We’ve always been together throughout the levels.
JFtC: He’s made adjustments this year too. What have you seen different from him this season than last season?
SRF: Honestly I feel like he’s just doing the same thing as last year, I mean he’s just.. now he’s in the big leagues you know and he keeps producing and it’s fun to watch. I’m always rooting for him and pulling for him. He’s a great guy and great teammate and you’re just always happy to see him do well.
JFtC: So we talked to Jerry Howarth and his prediction for the World Series to return to Toronto is 2023.. what do you think?
SRF: I’m not even there yet so I’m not saying anything..
JFtC: You could be a part of that..
SRF: Ya, I mean you never know.. got to get there first!
JFtC: A few lighter questions for you. If you had to choose red, white, blue or grey what would it be?
JFtC: The DH to the NL, yes or no?
SRF: I haven’t hit in 5 years but no that’s the game in the NL, it’s what makes it different so I would say no.
JFtC: So you want to keep the differences?
SRF: Yes..it’s what makes the NL the NL. You can’t change that. It’s how baseball is.
JFtC: So as a pitcher you don’t mind hitting when you’re there?
SRF: No, I mean it’s just one game, maybe two if you’re at the beginning of a road trip..
JFtC: Do you have any superstitions?
SRF: No, nothing..
JFtC: No inside out socks? No turning a cap backwards?
SRF: No I don’t really have any..
JFtC: If you had to choose walk up music today, what would it be?
SRF: What I have here, I’ve had it since High A and low A so..Lil Boosie’s Better Believe It..I’ve had it for the last four years..
JFtC: So kind of your good luck thing?
SRF: Ahhh no (laughs) I’ve had it played and given up nine runs so..
JFtC: When will we see you up in Toronto?
SRF: Whenever they call I guess..I don’t know that yet..
JFtC: Looking forward to it Sean, thanks for the talk..
SRF: no problem..
Sean Reid-Foley has been killing it lately in Buffalo. He was named the International League Player of the Week and his numbers just keep getting better. Saying he’s found his groove might be an understatement, and Blue Jays fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming seasons. Though 2023 as a World Series prediction has a magical quality to it – it would be the 30th anniversary of the last World Series win in Toronto -, fans can be assured that some great baseball will be played judging from what is coming up through the ranks. Hold on people, it’s going to be quite a ride.
— Buffalo Bisons🦬 (@BuffaloBisons) July 23, 2018
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Catherine Stem is a Blue Jays fan and writer who has combined both of these great things by writing for Jays From the Couch. Through all the ups and downs of baseball, all aspects of the game are explored. Keeping a close eye on the Blue Jays Triple A team, the Buffalo Bisons has also become part of her make-up.