Q&A with Jays' 9th Round Pick Andy Suarez

We sat down with Blue Jays' 9th round pick, Andy Suarez, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the left-handed pitcher from Christopher Columbus High School in Florida 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: Where were and how did you feel when you got drafted?

Andy Suarez: I was at home with friends and family and I got excited.

FutureJays.com: Did you expect to get picked by the Jays and around the slot that you did?

Suarez: I was surprised actually. I was waiting all day to get drafted so I kind of felt relief. I had no idea (where I was going to get picked).

FutureJays.com: Do you have any sense of what it's like in the Blue Jays farm system and have you spoken to anyone from the organization about it.

Suarez: The area scout came to the house and he told me about the organization and their affiliations. I like where their affiliations are and to play in Toronto would be pretty nice.

FutureJays.com: Give us a scouting report on yourself. What pitches are in your repertoire and what do you need to work on the most?

Suarez: I throw a fastball in the 83-93 range, a curveball in the high 70s to low 80s and changeup in the mid 80s. The curve is my better pitch. I'm working to improve everything.

FutureJays.com: Which MLB player do you see yourself as most similar to?

Suarez: I like Clayton Kershaw. I like how he throws and he's a bulldog out there.

FutureJays.com: So you're impressed with his mentality on the mound. Do you see a similarity to how you approach pitching?

Suarez: For sure. I don't back down from anyone and I'm always up for a challenge.

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

Suarez: I can't really think of one right now.

FutureJays.com: What has been the proudest moment of your baseball career so far?

Suarez: Other than this day, getting invited to the Aflac All-American Game (High School Classic).

FutureJays.com: You're committed to the University of Miami as of now. Now that you've been drafted, is starting a pro career the most important thing or is school still on the front burner?

Suarez: If the Blue Jays don't work out, I'm excited to wear a Hurricanes uniform and get drafted a couple years after that. I'm going to talk to my family about it, but like I said if it doesn't work out I'm happy to play for the Hurricanes.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: Where were and how did you feel when you got drafted?
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\r\nAndy Suarez: I was at home with friends and family and I got excited.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you expect to get picked by the Jays and around the slot that you did?
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\r\nSuarez: I was surprised actually. I was waiting all day to get drafted so I kind of felt relief. I had no idea (where I was going to get picked).
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Do you have any sense of what it's like in the Blue Jays farm system and have you spoken to anyone from the organization about it.
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\r\nSuarez: The area scout came to the house and he told me about the organization and their affiliations. I like where their affiliations are and to play in Toronto would be pretty nice.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Give us a scouting report on yourself. What pitches are in your repertoire and what do you need to work on the most?
\r\n
\r\nSuarez: I throw a fastball in the 83-93 range, a curveball in the high 70s to low 80s and changeup in the mid 80s. The curve is my better pitch. I'm working to improve everything.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Which MLB player do you see yourself as most similar to?
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\r\nSuarez: I like Clayton Kershaw. I like how he throws and he's a bulldog out there.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: So you're impressed with his mentality on the mound. Do you see a similarity to how you approach pitching?
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\r\nSuarez: For sure. I don't back down from anyone and I'm always up for a challenge.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite player growing up?
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\r\nSuarez: I can't really think of one right now.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: What has been the proudest moment of your baseball career so far?
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\r\nSuarez: Other than this day, getting invited to the Aflac All-American Game (High School Classic).
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\r\nFutureJays.com: You're committed to the University of Miami as of now. Now that you've been drafted, is starting a pro career the most important thing or is school still on the front burner?
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\r\nSuarez: If the Blue Jays don't work out, I'm excited to wear a Hurricanes uniform and get drafted a couple years after that. I'm going to talk to my family about it, but like I said if it doesn't work out I'm happy to play for the Hurricanes.
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