MSU Signee Brandon Woodruff Update

Tupelo 49ers right-handed pitcher Brandon Woodruff, a Mississippi State signee, led his team to an 8-1 victory over Florence (AL) Post No. 11 American Legion team Friday night, July 1, 2011. He talks about his performance (IP 6, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 10 SO) as well as how negotiations are going with the Texas Rangers, the team that drafted him in the 5th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.

You seemed to have everything going for you tonight. What did you have going?
"Mostly, the two-seam (fastball), the slider and the circle change. I've mostly been a fastball, slider pitcher, but I've been working on my changeup lately. And I'm starting to throw it a lot more because I'm getting more comfortable with it."

You were facing a team that was using the new bats as well as a wood bat or two. How did that affect the way you pitched tonight?
"Usually, when I know they are using the wood bats I'll pound the strikezone, mostly outside. But I try to come inside some just to let them know that I will come inside. But I mostly try to pick at the corners."

That was something I noticed - you weren't just throwing strikes but painting the corners. Have you been pitching this well this summer?
"Pretty much. The last time I started I threw a complete game, and gave up 3 or 4 hits and we won 2-1. This summer I've just tried to focus on spotting up, not try to blow it by them like I did in high school. During the summer, I'm trying to work on hitting my spots and mixing (my pitches) up."

Your velocity was mostly in the 89-90 mph range, topping out at 92. Was this your normal velocity for the summer?
"Yes, this was probably normal for me. All I threw were two-seam fastballs."

Have the Texas Rangers talked to you since I last interviewed you?
"They have texted me a couple of times but they haven't talked to me."

They are here tonight. Are the negotiations about to start?
"Yes, I think they said they were going to come up here tonight and start talking. I guess they will stay in town. I'm really not sure what they will do. They just said they are coming in next week to start all the negotiations."

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