Q&A with Jays' 3rd Round Pick John Stilson

We sat down with Blue Jays' third round pick, John Stilson, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Texas A&M University 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: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Blue Jays.

John Stilson: Well I wasn't planning on it. I just checked my phone after the game [NCAA Regional Finals in which Texas A&M advanced, beating Arizona 3-0] and got a call telling me I was drafted by the Blue Jays.

FutureJays.com: Were you surprised it was the Blue Jays that selected you? Had you and the Blue Jays talked much before the draft?

Stilson: I talked to an AA scout down here, but I didn't have any contact with them before that.

FutureJays.com: Do you have any idea what the Blue Jays organization or farm system is like?

Stilson: Well I got a couple buddies in the Blue Jays farm system, but other than that no. We literally just got done with the game.

FutureJays.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?  Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Stilson: I throw a fastball anywhere from 92 to 97, I throw a curveball from 78 to 83, I have a slider that's 82 to 86 and a changeup that's just as fast, 83 to 86 as well. My fastball is probably my best pitch followed by my changeup. My worst is probably my curveball.

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

Stilson: My favorite player is Alex Rodriguez. Not so much a favorite team, but the Blue Jays now.

FutureJays.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Jays' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?

Stilson: Carlos Zambrano type pitcher when I get everything going, I try to overwhelm the hitter.

FutureJays.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Stilson: It's definitely winning the regional championship a minute ago and moving on to the second round. Oh no doubt, that's right up there with it.

FutureJays.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?

Stilson: I'm looking to get going and get into the system as fast as possible.


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\r\nJohn Stilson: Well I wasn't planning on it. I just checked my phone after the game [NCAA Regional Finals in which Texas A&M advanced, beating Arizona 3-0] and got a call telling me I was drafted by the Blue Jays.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Were you surprised it was the Blue Jays that selected you? Had you and the Blue Jays talked much before the draft?
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\r\nStilson: I talked to an AA scout down here, but I didn't have any contact with them before that.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Do you have any idea what the Blue Jays organization or farm system is like?
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\r\nStilson: Well I got a couple buddies in the Blue Jays farm system, but other than that no. We literally just got done with the game.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?  Give us a scouting report please - what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?
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\r\nStilson: I throw a fastball anywhere from 92 to 97, I throw a curveball from 78 to 83, I have a slider that's 82 to 86 and a changeup that's just as fast, 83 to 86 as well. My fastball is probably my best pitch followed by my changeup. My worst is probably my curveball.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nStilson: My favorite player is Alex Rodriguez. Not so much a favorite team, but the Blue Jays now.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Jays' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?
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\r\nStilson: Carlos Zambrano type pitcher when I get everything going, I try to overwhelm the hitter.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nStilson: It's definitely winning the regional championship a minute ago and moving on to the second round. Oh no doubt, that's right up there with it.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
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\r\nStilson: I'm looking to get going and get into the system as fast as possible.
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