Rattlers pitcher Cody
Scarpetta is next in The Interrogation
Room. The right-hander out of
covered include his experiences with
Q. Your 2009
season ended with a promotion to
A. I thought I
pitched pretty well. It was definitely a big change in a sense where the
hitters were more advanced and patient. I kind of ran out of gas in the 5th.
I hadn't pitched in a game for a week and it was a hot, day game. I tried
to stay on the same routine as what Chris Hook and I did throughout the year and
go out there and make pitches. I had a great time there and hope to be there
You also went 0-for-1 at the plate in that game. If you make the jump to
A. I always
think I can hit but it's not like it was in high school. We take batting
practice during the season so that always helps. But my focus is on the mound if
I'm able to help the team at the plate then that's a definite plus.
The Stars made the playoffs and lost in the first round to the
A. Yes I was
there throughout the whole playoff experience. I was scheduled to start the 5th
game if we had won game 4 but unfortunately it didn't happen. It was a fun and
intense time in playoff mode. It was a new experience that I hope can be on a
playoff team again next year.
You and members of your family have been running a baseball clinic in
A. We have a
family of pitchers starting with my dad Dan
Dennis Scarpetta, who both played pro ball. And my
cousin has been drafted twice. We put a pitching clinic on in early
January for both young kids and high schoolers and going through what we thought
were the fundamentals of pitching. That consisted of a bullpen station; doing
one-on-one work on mechanics; a pick off station teaching kids the correct way
to do pickoffs and hold runners; a comebacker station where kids could have a
little competition and see how many they could get in a row; and a couple other
stations that dealt with the mechanics of pitching.
How have people in the community responded to the clinic?
A. We had a
great turn out with the clinic. We were expecting around 50 kids all together,
but there were a lot of walk ups and it ended up being 81 kids. So we actually
had to add another group.
back on the 2009 season with the Timber Rattlers are there any games or
highlights that stand out for you?
A. As a team, I
think a game that sticks out in my mind was the game at
What part of your game have you worked on the most as you get ready for the 2010
A. I've been
working on my workouts and conditioning; trying to put myself in the best
postition to stay healthy throughout the long season.
Do you have any goals for 2010?
A. My goal for this season would be to finish a level high than where I start and keep developing my pitches.