How did you do this past season?
"I think I pitched as well as I could pitch. I felt amazing on the mound. My arm finally let loose and I threw harder than I ever have."
You say you threw harder than you ever have thrown. How much did your velocity increase?
"Last year I was 85-88 consistently. This year I was 90-92 consistently. I know there was a game where I threw 8 innings and I hit 92 in the 8th. I kept my velocity throughout the game."
What kind of fastball do you throw, a two or four-seam?
"I like my two-seam a lot more."
Was it the one that was 90-92?
What other pitches do you throw?
"I have my two-seam and four-seam fastballs. But I don't throw my four-seam very much. I also have a changeup, a slider and a knuckle-curve.
"I didn't throw my changeup that much this year because it was kind of what hitters were looking for since my fastball is kind of overpowering."
When you talk to MSU pitching coach Butch Thompson what does he tell you to do during the summer to prepare for your freshman year at MSU?
"He is all about mindset. He tells me to have that mindset that you are coming in and pitching. He also has the string theory. That is what I did all year, kind of lived low all year."
When do you get to MSU?
You are coming in with an outstanding class. What do you think your class can do to help Mississippi State get back to where they were before?
"I was talking to Jake Mangum and Luke Alexander about how good our class really is. I hope we can make it to the College World Series, if not our freshman year then the following year. Our class has the talent. And I think we are all pretty excited about what we can accomplish."
What were your thoughts about the Major League Baseball Draft?
"I received a lot of calls from teams. It would have taken a lot of money for me not to go to Mississippi State. The Mets called me and they had the 55th and 88th picks. Those were the only big-time picks that I heard about. It would have had to be 2nd or 3rd round type money to keep me away from State."
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