Q&A with Jays' 1st Round Pick Joe Musgrove

We sat down with Blue Jays' supplemental first round pick, Joe Musgrove, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Grossmont High School in California says about his stuff, his thoughts about starting his professional career now, who he'd compare his game to at the big league level, and more!

FutureJays.com: First off, I would just like to say on behalf of all of us at FutureJays.com, congratulations.

Joseph Musgrove: Thanks so much, I'm really excited about it.

FutureJays.com: Could you take us back to the moment last night when you were selected by the Blue Jays.

Musgrove: It was insane, I couldn't even explain my emotions at the time. I knew the Blue Jays were interested in me. They were at every single one of my games, charting all of my pitches. Dan Cox really showed a lot of interest in me. He came over to the house and visited, he's really pleasant and really nice. I was really interested in the Blue Jays, but when it popped up on the screen last night I was in shock. I honestly didn't even know if it was me at first because Alomar has that kind of accent so I wasn't sure if he mispronounced someone else's name or if he said my name. Then the name popped up on the screen and my whole house just went nuts. So it was a really good experience and I was really excited about it.

FutureJays.com: So you weren't surprised the Blue Jays picked you, but obviously you were surprised to be picked that early.

Musgrove: The Blue Jays, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Orioles were the three teams that I thought one of them would eventually would get me. I was expecting to go in the third round, maybe the second. But, with all those compensation picks that the Rays and Toronto had. I think thought that if I had a chance to go yesterday that's where it would be. I think picks 52-60, every other pick was Tampa and Toronto. So, I knew there was a chance, but definitely wasn't something I was expecting.

FutureJays.com: So you talked with the Blue Jays quite a bit before the draft, do you have a feel for the Blue Jays organization?

Musgrove: I think I do a little bit. I haven't really followed the Blue Jays before, but Dan got me really into it. He said he was going to push for me in his meetings that he goes to and apparently he pushed hard enough for me and they thought enough of me to take me there.

FutureJays.com: Give us a little scouting report. What kind of pitches do you throw and what kind of pitcher are you?

Musgrove: I'm a big pitcher, with upside. I think I can progress and move on from where I am now. I've worked with Dom Johnson a lot, he's been my pitching coach since I was 12 and he's gotten me pretty far in this game from where I was. I think I can only move up from here. I'm in a good spot now, but I know there's a lot of improving to do and hopefully I can become a Major League pitcher in the future. I have good fastball command and good off-speed pitches. I'm throwing a split-change now, but I'm working on developing a circle change with a little less speed on it. With all of these pitches, and improvement, I think I can be a good pitcher in the bigs.

FutureJays.com: What do you think you need to work on the most?

Musgrove: I think consistency. I have a pretty good idea of what I need to be doing and where I need to be, but I'm always trying to be more consistent. That's what impresses me most about Major League pitchers is that they are so consistent throughout such a long season. To be able to do what they do for so long is very impressive and that's where I want to be some day. So I think that's the main thing I need to improve on.

FutureJays.com: What would you say is your biggest strength?

Musgrove: I feel like I have really good command and I'm a smart pitcher. I'm a pretty decent pitcher and I know how to attack hitters in certain situations. I'm a smart pitcher and I know when to go after hitters.

FutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite team or player growing up?

Musgrove: I'm a San Diego guy, so I always followed the Padres. But, I really like the Rays and how they always seem to have a lot of young guys coming up and I just like that program. I was a Padres fan because they are my hometown team, but I don't know if there was any one player I followed. Actually, I really like Josh Johnson, he's a guy I try to model myself after with the big body size and heavy fastball.

FutureJays.com: Would he be the guy in the Majors you think pitches most like you?

Musgrove: Yeah, I just think we have similar size and he always makes a priority of fastball command, which I do too. It's going to take a lot of work on my part, but hopefully one day I'll get there.

FutureJays.com: Could you tell us about your best moment in baseball to this point?

Musgrove: Most exciting thing for me was last year winning the CIAF division two championship. We played Helix, we had been rivals all year going back and forth. So, we end up getting them in the finals when they ended up beating Valhalla. Valhalla was actually up a game, so Helix had to beat them twice in a row and they did. So we got them in the finals and I threw a two-hit complete game shutout. That's one of the most exciting moments I've had. I think making the Area Code team and some of the showcases I was invited to were exciting, but being a player the most exciting thing is on the field.

FutureJays.com: Lastly, are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career underway?

Musgrove: Absolutely, this is what I want to do in life. I mean, this is what I've been looking forward to since I was a kid man, since I was really young. This is something I've been waiting for and I'm ready to get it started. This is what I want to do, so I don't want to delay it anymore than it has to be. I just want to get signed and get started. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm very excited.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: First off, I would just like to say on behalf of all of us at FutureJays.com, congratulations.
\r\n
\r\nJoseph Musgrove: Thanks so much, I'm really excited about it.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Could you take us back to the moment last night when you were selected by the Blue Jays.
\r\n
\r\nMusgrove: It was insane, I couldn't even explain my emotions at the time. I knew the Blue Jays were interested in me. They were at every single one of my games, charting all of my pitches. Dan Cox really showed a lot of interest in me. He came over to the house and visited, he's really pleasant and really nice. I was really interested in the Blue Jays, but when it popped up on the screen last night I was in shock. I honestly didn't even know if it was me at first because Alomar has that kind of accent so I wasn't sure if he mispronounced someone else's name or if he said my name. Then the name popped up on the screen and my whole house just went nuts. So it was a really good experience and I was really excited about it.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: So you weren't surprised the Blue Jays picked you, but obviously you were surprised to be picked that early.
\r\n
\r\nMusgrove: The Blue Jays, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Orioles were the three teams that I thought one of them would eventually would get me. I was expecting to go in the third round, maybe the second. But, with all those compensation picks that the Rays and Toronto had. I think thought that if I had a chance to go yesterday that's where it would be. I think picks 52-60, every other pick was Tampa and Toronto. So, I knew there was a chance, but definitely wasn't something I was expecting.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: So you talked with the Blue Jays quite a bit before the draft, do you have a feel for the Blue Jays organization?
\r\n
\r\nMusgrove: I think I do a little bit. I haven't really followed the Blue Jays before, but Dan got me really into it. He said he was going to push for me in his meetings that he goes to and apparently he pushed hard enough for me and they thought enough of me to take me there.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Give us a little scouting report. What kind of pitches do you throw and what kind of pitcher are you?
\r\n
\r\nMusgrove: I'm a big pitcher, with upside. I think I can progress and move on from where I am now. I've worked with Dom Johnson a lot, he's been my pitching coach since I was 12 and he's gotten me pretty far in this game from where I was. I think I can only move up from here. I'm in a good spot now, but I know there's a lot of improving to do and hopefully I can become a Major League pitcher in the future. I have good fastball command and good off-speed pitches. I'm throwing a split-change now, but I'm working on developing a circle change with a little less speed on it. With all of these pitches, and improvement, I think I can be a good pitcher in the bigs.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What do you think you need to work on the most?
\r\n
\r\nMusgrove: I think consistency. I have a pretty good idea of what I need to be doing and where I need to be, but I'm always trying to be more consistent. That's what impresses me most about Major League pitchers is that they are so consistent throughout such a long season. To be able to do what they do for so long is very impressive and that's where I want to be some day. So I think that's the main thing I need to improve on.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say is your biggest strength?
\r\n
\r\nMusgrove: I feel like I have really good command and I'm a smart pitcher. I'm a pretty decent pitcher and I know how to attack hitters in certain situations. I'm a smart pitcher and I know when to go after hitters.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite team or player growing up?
\r\n
\r\nMusgrove: I'm a San Diego guy, so I always followed the Padres. But, I really like the Rays and how they always seem to have a lot of young guys coming up and I just like that program. I was a Padres fan because they are my hometown team, but I don't know if there was any one player I followed. Actually, I really like Josh Johnson, he's a guy I try to model myself after with the big body size and heavy fastball.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Would he be the guy in the Majors you think pitches most like you?
\r\n
\r\nMusgrove: Yeah, I just think we have similar size and he always makes a priority of fastball command, which I do too. It's going to take a lot of work on my part, but hopefully one day I'll get there.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Could you tell us about your best moment in baseball to this point?
\r\n
\r\nMusgrove: Most exciting thing for me was last year winning the CIAF division two championship. We played Helix, we had been rivals all year going back and forth. So, we end up getting them in the finals when they ended up beating Valhalla. Valhalla was actually up a game, so Helix had to beat them twice in a row and they did. So we got them in the finals and I threw a two-hit complete game shutout. That's one of the most exciting moments I've had. I think making the Area Code team and some of the showcases I was invited to were exciting, but being a player the most exciting thing is on the field.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Lastly, are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career underway?
\r\n
\r\nMusgrove: Absolutely, this is what I want to do in life. I mean, this is what I've been looking forward to since I was a kid man, since I was really young. This is something I've been waiting for and I'm ready to get it started. This is what I want to do, so I don't want to delay it anymore than it has to be. I just want to get signed and get started. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm very excited.
\r\n
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