Q&A with Jays 42nd Round Pick Shane Davis

We sat down with Blue Jays' 42nd round pick, Shane Davis, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the left-handed pitcher from Canisius College 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: Well first of all, just tell us what it's like being selected by a team like the Blue Jays.

Shane Davis: It's pretty exciting I think. Being a Canadian, it's definitely exciting to be picked by the only Canadian team in the major leagues.

FutureJays.com: What were you doing when you found out you had been drafted?

Davis: I was just relaxing actually. I think I was playing a game of NHL '11 and I got a couple phone calls and I think I paused the game for about an hour, but obviously this is pretty exciting.

FutureJays.com: Were you surprised at all that the Blue Jays were the ones that picked you?

Davis: No, I went to a workout with them at the Rogers Centre [the] previous Wednesday so they were on my radar and they had an interest in me so I wasn't too surprised that they picked me and it was, like I said, it was exciting.

FutureJays.com: Talk about what it's like having to wait until midway through the third day of the draft.

Davis: For myself, it wasn't too bad. I just tried to relax as much as possible. I actually went golfing with a few friends [on day two], and was at the driving range [the morning of day three] just trying to relax and keep my mind away from things and I knew I couldn't control it, so whenever it happened, I take full advantage of it.

FutureJays.com: How much would you say you know about the minor league organization for the Blue Jays?

Davis: I'm just learning quite a bit right now. I know that their short-A team's in Vancouver so it looks like that's where I'll be, which is pretty exciting.

FutureJays.com: Give me your repertoire - what kind of pitches you throw and the speeds.

Davis: Fastball usually around 87 to 91, changeup and a slider. I believe the slider's about 78 to 80 and then the changeup's around 78.

FutureJays.com: What are some of your strengths on the mound and what are some of the things you want to work on when you start your professional career?

Davis: My strength I would say is my composure. Another one, I really work on, control, spotting fastballs and keeping the breaking pitches and the changeup all in the zone. Things I'd like to work on - just more consistency with the slider, trying to get it back-foot of a righty on two strikes and obviously everyone wants velocity, so try to get a little more velocity at a consistent basis.

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

Davis: Once I got older, Roy Halladay is a pretty good person to try to emulate, a pretty tough one to emulate but he's a pretty good role model for all kids.

FutureJays.com: Can you compare yourself to any major leaguer so the fans get a feel for your style and how you throw?

Davis: I really have no idea, to be honest with you.

FutureJays.com: The Jays have picked a lot of pitchers, a lot of lefties too. What do you think you can bring to the table that's maybe a little bit different from some of the other pitchers they've selected?

Davis: I'd say that the control's a big thing. Obviously coming out of college, I pitched four years at college. I think I'm a little more refined as far as being ready to pitch at the pro level. I'm not really raw, so hopefully that's something that I can bring to the table and control all pitches in all counts.

FutureJays.com: So far into your baseball career, what would you say has been the biggest moment for you?

Davis: I'd say one of two: either winning the Canada Cup in '08 and making the Team Canada roster or my freshman year, being an All-American was pretty exciting. I had a 12-1 record, so that was pretty exciting.

FutureJays.com: Are you looking to sign with the Jays and get your career started?

Davis: Yeah, definitely. I mean, being a senior in college, there's no point in wasting any time so hopefully I'll get out there as soon as possible.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: Well first of all, just tell us what it's like being selected by a team like the Blue Jays.
\r\n
\r\nShane Davis: It's pretty exciting I think. Being a Canadian, it's definitely exciting to be picked by the only Canadian team in the major leagues.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What were you doing when you found out you had been drafted?
\r\n
\r\nDavis: I was just relaxing actually. I think I was playing a game of NHL '11 and I got a couple phone calls and I think I paused the game for about an hour, but obviously this is pretty exciting.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Were you surprised at all that the Blue Jays were the ones that picked you?
\r\n
\r\nDavis: No, I went to a workout with them at the Rogers Centre [the] previous Wednesday so they were on my radar and they had an interest in me so I wasn't too surprised that they picked me and it was, like I said, it was exciting.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Talk about what it's like having to wait until midway through the third day of the draft.
\r\n
\r\nDavis: For myself, it wasn't too bad. I just tried to relax as much as possible. I actually went golfing with a few friends [on day two], and was at the driving range [the morning of day three] just trying to relax and keep my mind away from things and I knew I couldn't control it, so whenever it happened, I take full advantage of it.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: How much would you say you know about the minor league organization for the Blue Jays?
\r\n
\r\nDavis: I'm just learning quite a bit right now. I know that their short-A team's in Vancouver so it looks like that's where I'll be, which is pretty exciting.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Give me your repertoire - what kind of pitches you throw and the speeds.
\r\n
\r\nDavis: Fastball usually around 87 to 91, changeup and a slider. I believe the slider's about 78 to 80 and then the changeup's around 78.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What are some of your strengths on the mound and what are some of the things you want to work on when you start your professional career?
\r\n
\r\nDavis: My strength I would say is my composure. Another one, I really work on, control, spotting fastballs and keeping the breaking pitches and the changeup all in the zone. Things I'd like to work on - just more consistency with the slider, trying to get it back-foot of a righty on two strikes and obviously everyone wants velocity, so try to get a little more velocity at a consistent basis.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite player growing up?
\r\n
\r\nDavis: Once I got older, Roy Halladay is a pretty good person to try to emulate, a pretty tough one to emulate but he's a pretty good role model for all kids.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Can you compare yourself to any major leaguer so the fans get a feel for your style and how you throw?
\r\n
\r\nDavis: I really have no idea, to be honest with you.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: The Jays have picked a lot of pitchers, a lot of lefties too. What do you think you can bring to the table that's maybe a little bit different from some of the other pitchers they've selected?
\r\n
\r\nDavis: I'd say that the control's a big thing. Obviously coming out of college, I pitched four years at college. I think I'm a little more refined as far as being ready to pitch at the pro level. I'm not really raw, so hopefully that's something that I can bring to the table and control all pitches in all counts.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: So far into your baseball career, what would you say has been the biggest moment for you?
\r\n
\r\nDavis: I'd say one of two: either winning the Canada Cup in '08 and making the Team Canada roster or my freshman year, being an All-American was pretty exciting. I had a 12-1 record, so that was pretty exciting.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Are you looking to sign with the Jays and get your career started?
\r\n
\r\nDavis: Yeah, definitely. I mean, being a senior in college, there's no point in wasting any time so hopefully I'll get out there as soon as possible.
\r\n
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