Brainerd's Adian Kummet has completed his first season as a professional in the Cincinnati Reds organization with the Billings (Mont.) Mustangs of the Pioneer League.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound right-handed pitcher finished with a 1-2 record and 4.31 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 10 walks in 31.1 innings. He pitched in 19 games, making one start, allowed 36 hits and opponents batted .281 against him.
In an e-mail, Kummet offered his thoughts about his season, which opened June 23 and ended Sept. 11.
Q. Were you satisfied with your first season?
A. I would say that I am encouraged by my first season, not satisfied. I feel as though I threw well for the majority of the summer, it's just having a couple bad outings throughout the summer that make it a battle to get your stats down to being respectable again. I feel as though the summer went well overall, I just need to be consistently better.
Q. How would you rate the competition in the Pioneer League?
A. I would say that the competition is better, top to bottom, than I have ever faced before. It's like facing the 3-4 hitters, every batter, on a Northwoods team. There is no letdown and that makes it crucial to stay focused and make every pitch with a purpose. The hitters are too good to make mistakes and get away with them consistently.
Q. What do you need to work on before next season?
A. I feel the biggest thing I need to work on for next year is preparing for the grind that will be seven months of baseball every day. Also, I feel that command of my off-speed pitches needs to be better. I am going to work on throwing my slider for a strike more consistently and further develop my change-up into a pitch that I can throw at any point in an at bat.
Q. What are the Reds plans for you next year?
A. As of right now, I am just going to be in Minnesota working out and staying in shape. I will report to our complex in Goodyear, Ariz., in early March, for spring training. I am looking forward to going to the new complex as this will be the first year that our camp will be held there. After spring training we will see where I go.
The Reds have seemed as though they are satisfied with how my first summer went. I ended up being a set-up guy at the end of the year, so I fell into that role, and I was glad they trusted me enough to have me throw in situations where the game was on the line.
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