Angels Draft Interview: Steve Salas

A 22nd-round pick by the Angels, Steve Salas may be bringing a friend along for the ride – Chandler-Gilbert teammate Carlos Ramirez was taken 12 rounds behind him. After a 7-4 record with a 2.98 ERA, Salas is ready to take on the next stage of his development.

Tell me what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the Angels.

Steve Salas: I'm very excited. The Angels are a great team and I get to stay home, so my family is going to get to watch me play. It's a great ball team to play for. I've heard only great things about them.

Were you surprised it was the Angels that selected you? Had had you and the Angels talked much before the draft?

Steve Salas: Yeah, we had talked. I actually went to their workouts, but it's the draft so no one really knows what's going to happen. I'm just glad it was them who pocked me up.

Do you have any idea what the Angels' organization or farm system is like? How do you fit in the system?

Steve Salas: I think they develop great ball players. They bring up a lot of minor leaguers and I'm glad I'm a part of them. Maybe one day I'll get a chance to pitch with the bigs.

Could you tell me a little bit about your relationship with Carlos Ramirez?

Steve Salas: I had never met this kid until junior college when we played together. We just stayed in touch ever since. He's my catcher and I like the way he caught me. We're the one-two combo. I was pitching and he was catching. He's a great guy and we hang out. Our friendship is pretty close, pretty tight.

Talk about your stuff if you don't mind. What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?

Steve Salas: The fastest they've clocked my fastball at was at 96 MPH. However, I throw a 90 to 93 MPH fast ball on a consistent basis. My curveball stays around 78 MPH. I just picked up my change up my freshman year of college. I throw about 74 MPH and it's my most effective pitch. My slider is around 80 to 81 MPH. I also picked that one up in college.

Which is your favorite to throw?

Steve Salas: I love my fastball but if I need to keep someone off balance, I like my change up. It's just different situations that call for different pitches. I think I have good command of the ball.

Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

Steve Salas: I grew up with the Dodgers, but I always said whatever team I played for would be my favorite team. My favorite player is Roger Clemens. I like his work ethic along with this ability to pitch. He's amazing and he inspires me to work hard.

How would you compare your stuff to the Major League level so Angels' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?

Steve Salas: I'm going to go out there and give it my all and throw strikes. Hopefully they can see me pitch for the Angels. I want to give them what they want to see.

What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Steve Salas: My best moment in baseball was when I played in summer team. I broke a record for most strikeouts in one game, and I still hold that record.

How many strikeouts did you have?

Steve Salas: Fourteen in seven innings. We ended up winning the game. It was in Lacrosse, Wisconsin for the Loggers team. That was 2 years ago, in the summer of 2005. I was a freshman.

Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?

Steve Salas: As soon as they ask me to sign me, I want to sign so I can start to try my professional career right away.

Do you play any other sports or have any hobbies?

Steve Salas: I like to golf and also off road. I also like a lot of water sports as well.

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