BCB Interview: OF Erik Komatsu

Cal State-Fullerton outfielder Erik Komatsu is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I haven't seen him play, but his line at Helena (.326/.393/.516) conjures up images of a sweet lefty swing lacing liners into the gap. At only 5'10", Komatsu is short for an outfielder, but as his old coach said, "He may be 5-foot-10, but he hits like he's 6-4. He has thunder in that bat." Komatsu's will surely be among the most eagerly anticipated of all full season debuts next year.

BCB: Did you know the Brewers were interested in you before the draft?

EK: Yeah, I had a meeting with the area scout during the season.

BCB: What other teams were interested in you?

EK: Pretty much everybody, but obviously not as much as the Brew Crew [was].

BCB: Did you draw any scouting interest back at Vanguard [University] or Oxnard [College], or not until you got to Fullerton?

EK: Not at Vanguard, some at Oxnard, a lot more at a powerhouse like Fullerton.

BCB: Do you think playing at a big-time program like Fullerton helped you improve your game at all, or did it just help you get exposure?

EK: Both.

BCB: Were you expecting to get drafted higher, lower, or about where you went?

EK: I was expecting to go higher. I think everybody does, but I was happy after it was all said and done.

BCB: Where were you expecting to go?

EK: Anywhere from the third to the fifth round.

BCB: Do you think you fell a bit because of your relatively small size?

EK: Maybe, I'm not sure. It is what it is.

BCB: The Brewers also drafted your Fullerton teammate, shortstop Joe Scott, in the 42nd round. Can you describe his game? Have you heard anything about him signing?

EK: He's a team guy--does what's best for the team. He's more a defensive specialist but can surprise you sometimes with the bat. I haven't heard anything about him signing.

BCB: Has the team talked to you at all about moving up to West Virginia before the season is over?

EK: I haven't heard anything. I'm not worried about it. I'm just trying to go out and play the game everyday and have fun.

BCB: It seems like after a bit of a rough start, the H-Brewers are going pretty well now. You have some good pitchers on that squad.

EK: Yeah, all the guys are pretty sweet.

BCB: Which of your teammates have impressed you the most?

EK: Pitching-wise, probably [Trey] Watten; Brock Kjeldgaard is hot with the stick right now, especially after switching from a pitcher.

BCB: What about Watten has impressed you so much?

EK: He is business--he goes out and deals every time

BCB: Who has the best pure stuff on the team?

EK: I couldn't tell you. (laughs)

BCB: How about opposing pitchers that you've faced?

EK: Most of ‘em are pretty standard: throw hard and try to get a fastball by you. But [Rockies' 26th-round pick] Adam Jorgenson, my teammate from Fullerton, is doin' well. [Diamondbacks 2nd-round pick] Bryan Shaw from Long Beach has good stuff.

BCB: Do you have a nickname?

EK: "Komo".

BCB: I was going to suggest "Nardcore". Not so much?

EK: Negative.

BCB: Fair enough. Who wins a home run derby between Kjeldgaard, Chris Dennis, and you? We'll throw Josh Romanski in as a dark horse, too.

EK: (laughs) Me and Romanski dominate, and the little guys lose.

BCB: Oh, one last thing: we threw your name in our Home Run Derby poll, and you got six votes! So you've got some fans.

EK: (laughs) Sweet deal.

BCB: Thanks for the time. Keep tearing it up.

EK: No problem. Thanks.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Brew Crew Ball

You must be a member of Brew Crew Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Brew Crew Ball. You should read them.

Join Brew Crew Ball

You must be a member of Brew Crew Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Brew Crew Ball. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.