Q&A with Jays' 1st Round Pick Kevin Comer

We sat down with Blue Jays' supplemental first round pick, Kevin Comer, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Seneca High School in New Jersey 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: Kevin what was going through your head, what were you thinking when you were selected by the Blue Jays?

Kevin Comer: I wasn't expecting that, and it was a nice surprise.

FutureJays.com: You have a commitment to Vanderbilt (University), so how surprised were you to be taken by the Blue Jays and in that particular slot?

Comer: I had talked with the Blue Jays but I hadn't talked with them as much as I had talked with other teams so it kind of caught me a little off-guard. But I mean, there's nothing wrong with being picked by any of the teams and why not the Blue Jays, they're doing good.

FutureJays.com: So do you have any idea about what the Jays farm system and organizational philosophy is like?

Comer: I don't know too much about them. I'm just looking forward to getting to know myself.

FutureJays.com: The Jays place an organizational emphasis on throwing changeups across all minor league levels. How do you fit into that philosophy?

Comer: I've got to learn that pitch a lot better than what I have and hopefully they can help me out.

FutureJays.com: Most high school pitchers rely heavily on their four-seam fastball. What types of pitches are in your arsenal, can you give us a scouting report on yourself?

Comer: I throw a four-seam fastball that will top out around 95 mph and I'll throw that normally around 92-93 the whole game or so. I have a curveball, a spike curve that I'll throw around 78–80 mph. I have a two-seam that's around 91 and a changeup that's around 82-83.

FutureJays.com: Is there one pitch you're still trying to refine more than others?

Comer:This summer, I learned from a new pitching coach, I got a new grip on it (the two-seam fastball) and it dives a lot more and it's coming in a lot harder too, so it's working out for me.

FutureJays.com: Growing up, who was your favorite MLB player?

Comer: I've had a lot of fun recently watching Cliff Lee pitch, because I'm from around the Philadelphia area [and] I get to see all those games. Growing up though I really did always enjoy Roger Clemens. I was a Phillies fan growing up but I'm looking forward to getting up to Toronto.

FutureJays.com: What major league player's style would draw a comparison to right now?

Comer: Even though he's a lefty, I kind of look at myself like Cliff Lee because he has more of an easygoing and not so violent delivery and that's kind of how I look at myself. I don't do anything too strenuous when I'm pitching and I feel I throw a lot more like him.

FutureJays.com: What's been the best moment so far in your baseball life?

Comer: My proudest moment was probably the [New Balance 2011 Baseball] Area Code Games out in California. I went out there, I didn't expect much out of myself, I underestimated it and I ended up doing really well and having a great time playing [against] some of the best players in the country.

FutureJays.com: You have a commitment to Vanderbilt University, how serious is that? There is a long way until the signing deadline but are you looking to get your professional career started quickly?

Comer: I'm more than happy to be able to go to Vanderbilt but I'm also super excited to have an opportunity to get my professional career underway and get a started [with] professional baseball.

FutureJays.com: What was it that attracted you to Vanderbilt?

Comer: The pitching coach has a great record there. Their whole organization has done a really well and they've got a good education so there is no downside when I looked at that school.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: Kevin what was going through your head, what were you thinking when you were selected by the Blue Jays?
\r\n
\r\nKevin Comer: I wasn't expecting that, and it was a nice surprise.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You have a commitment to Vanderbilt (University), so how surprised were you to be taken by the Blue Jays and in that particular slot?
\r\n
\r\nComer: I had talked with the Blue Jays but I hadn't talked with them as much as I had talked with other teams so it kind of caught me a little off-guard. But I mean, there's nothing wrong with being picked by any of the teams and why not the Blue Jays, they're doing good.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: So do you have any idea about what the Jays farm system and organizational philosophy is like?
\r\n
\r\nComer: I don't know too much about them. I'm just looking forward to getting to know myself.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: The Jays place an organizational emphasis on throwing changeups across all minor league levels. How do you fit into that philosophy?
\r\n
\r\nComer: I've got to learn that pitch a lot better than what I have and hopefully they can help me out.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Most high school pitchers rely heavily on their four-seam fastball. What types of pitches are in your arsenal, can you give us a scouting report on yourself?
\r\n
\r\nComer: I throw a four-seam fastball that will top out around 95 mph and I'll throw that normally around 92-93 the whole game or so. I have a curveball, a spike curve that I'll throw around 78–80 mph. I have a two-seam that's around 91 and a changeup that's around 82-83.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Is there one pitch you're still trying to refine more than others?
\r\n
\r\nComer:This summer, I learned from a new pitching coach, I got a new grip on it (the two-seam fastball) and it dives a lot more and it's coming in a lot harder too, so it's working out for me.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Growing up, who was your favorite MLB player?
\r\n
\r\nComer: I've had a lot of fun recently watching Cliff Lee pitch, because I'm from around the Philadelphia area [and] I get to see all those games. Growing up though I really did always enjoy Roger Clemens. I was a Phillies fan growing up but I'm looking forward to getting up to Toronto.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What major league player's style would draw a comparison to right now?
\r\n
\r\nComer: Even though he's a lefty, I kind of look at myself like Cliff Lee because he has more of an easygoing and not so violent delivery and that's kind of how I look at myself. I don't do anything too strenuous when I'm pitching and I feel I throw a lot more like him.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What's been the best moment so far in your baseball life?
\r\n
\r\nComer: My proudest moment was probably the [New Balance 2011 Baseball] Area Code Games out in California. I went out there, I didn't expect much out of myself, I underestimated it and I ended up doing really well and having a great time playing [against] some of the best players in the country.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You have a commitment to Vanderbilt University, how serious is that? There is a long way until the signing deadline but are you looking to get your professional career started quickly?
\r\n
\r\nComer: I'm more than happy to be able to go to Vanderbilt but I'm also super excited to have an opportunity to get my professional career underway and get a started [with] professional baseball.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What was it that attracted you to Vanderbilt?
\r\n
\r\nComer: The pitching coach has a great record there. Their whole organization has done a really well and they've got a good education so there is no downside when I looked at that school.
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