Q&A with Jays 49th Round Pick Charlie LaMar

We sat down with Blue Jays' 49th round pick, Charlie Lamar, for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the left-handed pitcher from Clearwater Central Catholic High School 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: Congratulations! What is going through your mind after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays?

Charlie LaMar: Thank you. It's an honor to be drafted, no matter by who. It's everyone's dream to play Major League ball. I was thrilled.

FutureJays.com: Had you been in contact with the Jays before the draft?

LaMar: I had been in contact. They came to see one of my games and turned in one of those medical release forms. I figured if a team was gong to select me, it would have been the Blue Jays that would most likely be the team to do that.

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

LaMar: I know that they have had a history of good teams. To be honest, quite lately I haven't been keeping up with them, but I do know that they have a history of having great teams.

FutureJays.com: Can you give us a little bit of a scouting report on yourself? Tell us what types of pitches you throw? And at what speeds?

LaMar: Predominately fastball. I'm not going to overpower anybody, but my fastball is my number one pitch. Behind that I have a curveball and a changeup. The curveball right now is probably my number two pitch, especially with two strikes. My changeup in multiple games was a good pitch. I would get the hitters out front, fouling it off, or swinging and missing. So I have three pitches, but mostly a location with fastball, especially the outer half of the plate.

FutureJays.com: What speeds are those pitches?

LaMar: I couldn't tell you on the off-speed. But the fastball is maybe mid-80s.

FutureJays.com: What are some of your strengths as a pitcher?

LaMar: Being left handed and my (fastball) movement, especially on the outer half to righties, because it's tailing away from them. Other than that, I'm competitive I guess, like everyone. I want to get outs as fast as possible.

FutureJays.com: What aspects of your pitching have the most room for improvement?

LaMar: Offspeed, definitely. Some games the curveball will be number two. Some games the changeup will be the number two pitch. If I can get all three of those working, especially the changeup, I think that would improve my pitching ability. My fastball is not going to jump with any velocity, so offspeed is the way I'm going to have to go.

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

LaMar: My dad worked for the Devil Rays my whole life, basically, so growing up the Devil Rays of course. Now he works for the Philadelphia Phillies, so I go with the Phillies to be my number one team now as of the last three years.

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

Lamar: Ted Williams probably. He was a role model for my dad. We have pictures all over our house of him. He's probably a good role model to have. He was a jet pilot and I am going into the Navy. We both wore number nine.

FutureJays.com: Who would you compare your pitching to at the Major League level so Jays' fans can get an idea of what your game is like, or if somebody made a comparison for you?

LaMar: Wow, I'm not sure. It was either Maddux or Glavine. I was one of the two. It was the way I present myself on the mound and the way I work. I work pretty fast. Sorry I can't remember which one it was, but that was the only time I have ever heard anything like that.

FutureJays.com: What would you say is your best baseball moment so far?

LaMar: Officially signing to the United States Naval Academy for baseball. That was pretty awesome.

FutureJays.com: That leads right into the last question. You have committed to go to Annapolis, but are you considering signing with the Blue Jays instead?

LaMar: No, I'm probably not going to sign. I report in like two weeks for Basic Training. I'm going to go ahead and go to Annapolis and serve.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: Congratulations! What is going through your mind after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays?
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\r\nCharlie LaMar: Thank you. It's an honor to be drafted, no matter by who. It's everyone's dream to play Major League ball. I was thrilled.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Had you been in contact with the Jays before the draft?
\r\n
\r\nLaMar: I had been in contact. They came to see one of my games and turned in one of those medical release forms. I figured if a team was gong to select me, it would have been the Blue Jays that would most likely be the team to do that.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Do you have any idea what the Blue Jays organization or farm system is like?
\r\n
\r\nLaMar: I know that they have had a history of good teams. To be honest, quite lately I haven't been keeping up with them, but I do know that they have a history of having great teams.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Can you give us a little bit of a scouting report on yourself? Tell us what types of pitches you throw? And at what speeds?
\r\n
\r\nLaMar: Predominately fastball. I'm not going to overpower anybody, but my fastball is my number one pitch. Behind that I have a curveball and a changeup. The curveball right now is probably my number two pitch, especially with two strikes. My changeup in multiple games was a good pitch. I would get the hitters out front, fouling it off, or swinging and missing. So I have three pitches, but mostly a location with fastball, especially the outer half of the plate.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What speeds are those pitches?
\r\n
\r\nLaMar: I couldn't tell you on the off-speed. But the fastball is maybe mid-80s.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What are some of your strengths as a pitcher?
\r\n
\r\nLaMar: Being left handed and my (fastball) movement, especially on the outer half to righties, because it's tailing away from them. Other than that, I'm competitive I guess, like everyone. I want to get outs as fast as possible.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What aspects of your pitching have the most room for improvement?
\r\n
\r\nLaMar: Offspeed, definitely. Some games the curveball will be number two. Some games the changeup will be the number two pitch. If I can get all three of those working, especially the changeup, I think that would improve my pitching ability. My fastball is not going to jump with any velocity, so offspeed is the way I'm going to have to go.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up?
\r\n
\r\nLaMar: My dad worked for the Devil Rays my whole life, basically, so growing up the Devil Rays of course. Now he works for the Philadelphia Phillies, so I go with the Phillies to be my number one team now as of the last three years.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite player growing up?
\r\n
\r\nLamar: Ted Williams probably. He was a role model for my dad. We have pictures all over our house of him. He's probably a good role model to have. He was a jet pilot and I am going into the Navy. We both wore number nine.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Who would you compare your pitching to at the Major League level so Jays' fans can get an idea of what your game is like, or if somebody made a comparison for you?
\r\n
\r\nLaMar: Wow, I'm not sure. It was either Maddux or Glavine. I was one of the two. It was the way I present myself on the mound and the way I work. I work pretty fast. Sorry I can't remember which one it was, but that was the only time I have ever heard anything like that.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say is your best baseball moment so far?
\r\n
\r\nLaMar: Officially signing to the United States Naval Academy for baseball. That was pretty awesome.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: That leads right into the last question. You have committed to go to Annapolis, but are you considering signing with the Blue Jays instead?
\r\n
\r\nLaMar: No, I'm probably not going to sign. I report in like two weeks for Basic Training. I'm going to go ahead and go to Annapolis and serve.
\r\n
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