Tell me what has gone on with you today during the Major League Baseball draft.
"I received a call from Chicago (Cubs) today for their 3rd round slot and I told him that (amount of bonus money) wouldn't be enough. In reality, I realize it is a lot of money. But I feel like I am worth more than that and I know that God has a plan for me to go to Mississippi State. I am at peace with the decision that I have made. I am not going to sell myself sort on what I know I am capable of. So, I think at the end of the day I made the right decision. Now I am ready to check into Starkville in July."
Was anyone else looking at you draft-wise?
"St. Louis was too, but Chicago was the hottest one looking at me."
Did you receive any feedback from them after turning their offer down?
"They told me the amount they could offer and I told them I wanted a little bit more. They told me they would see what they could do and they tired to work with me. They were going to try to work with me in the 5th round (for more money) but they didn't. So, I am going to Mississippi State."
You are a very projectable pitcher. How did you throw this season?
"You saw me in the summer and I was throwing 87-88 and could run it up to 89-90 a little bit. But this year my mechanics have gotten so much more sound. And my velocity has increased. I have topped out at 94 this year. I was sitting at 90-92, and run it up to 93-94. I am left-handed and I am tall.
"I think the biggest question mark with scouts is that I am not a perfect pitcher yet. I have shown a lot this past year but I feel there is a lot more in the tank. So, I think it is more them trying to figure out how to work with me. I think going to Mississippi State I will be able to prove to them that I have what it takes. But more importantly, I want to be part of a great group of guys."
What are your thoughts about the class that is coming in with you?
"I think our freshman class is one of the strongest to ever come through Mississippi State. I won't say it is the strongest but we are up there. We play good ball. We have a lot of talent, have some live arms. The projectability of our class and what we are capable of just blows my mind. It is an honor to be part of this class. I am excited to see what the future holds for Mississippi State baseball."
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