Q&A with Jays' 14th Round Pick Zak Wasilewski

We talked to the Blue Jays' 14th round pick, Zak Wasilewski, for a Q&A session. Find out what the left-handed pitcher from Tazewell High School in Virginia has to say about his game, his strengths and weaknesses, who he would compare his game to at the big league level, if he's looking to sign quickly, and more!

FutureJays.com: How did you feel when Toronto drafted you in the 14th round?

Zak Wasilewski: It's a great feeling. I couldn't wait to start. That's what I've been wanting to do since I was young, playing baseball. I'm just happy that I got selected by a good organization.

FutureJays.com: How much contact had you been in with Toronto leading up to the draft?

Wasilewski: I talked to them about once every week since the springtime.

FutureJays.com: How much do you know about the Blue Jays organization and farm system? After all, Toronto's rookie affiliate in Bluefield is just a few minutes down the road from your town.

Wasilewski: That's all I knew about, really. I've talked to them about it. I know they have a place down in Florida, and Vancouver, New Hampshire, and Michigan, so I know a little bit about it. Going to see the Jays play [in Bluefield] is something that everybody in our hometown does. I think that's really cool.

FutureJays.com: Can you give us a scouting report on yourself? What is your pitch arsenal like?

Wasilewski: I throw a four-seam fastball between 90 and 94. I throw a curveball between 80 and 82. I throw a changeup that's about 80-81. I've got a two-seamer, too, but I know how hard it is.

FutureJays.com: What are you strengths on the mound?

Wasilewski: My fastball's got a lot of movement. I just try to come after hitters.

FutureJays.com: What do you think you need some work on?

Wasilewski: Definitely developing a changeup. I've been working on one here lately. Overall command of all my pitches and becoming a better pitcher.

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

Wasilewski: It was always the Yankees.

FutureJays.com: You're from the same small town and high school as Billy Wagner. Was he your favorite player growing up?

Wasilewski: Actually Rickey Henderson was. He's always been my favorite.

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?

Wasilewski: I try being like Cliff Lee, nice and relaxed up on the mound.

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

Wasilewski: This year I threw a no-hitter against Princeton, and they were the [West Virginia Class AAA]state champs this year. It was just great to come back. There were a lot of scouts in attendance. It was proof to me that my injury was behind me.

FutureJays.com: Are you talking about following your Tommy John surgery in 2010?

Wasilewski: Yeah, I had Tommy John. It happened in eastern Carolina. When I was throwing, it kind of went dead on me. I went to Dr. [James] Andrews and had the surgery on October 26. I worked with Dr. Clark Williams over in Galax. They just really helped me. I couldn't have done it without them. I learned a lot while I was over there and just worked really, really hard.

FutureJays.com: And you'll be signing with the Blue Jays and getting your professional career started?

Wasilewski: Yes. I can't wait.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: How did you feel when Toronto drafted you in the 14th round?
\r\n
\r\nZak Wasilewski: It's a great feeling. I couldn't wait to start. That's what I've been wanting to do since I was young, playing baseball. I'm just happy that I got selected by a good organization.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: How much contact had you been in with Toronto leading up to the draft?
\r\n
\r\nWasilewski: I talked to them about once every week since the springtime.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: How much do you know about the Blue Jays organization and farm system? After all, Toronto's rookie affiliate in Bluefield is just a few minutes down the road from your town.
\r\n
\r\nWasilewski: That's all I knew about, really. I've talked to them about it. I know they have a place down in Florida, and Vancouver, New Hampshire, and Michigan, so I know a little bit about it. Going to see the Jays play [in Bluefield] is something that everybody in our hometown does. I think that's really cool.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Can you give us a scouting report on yourself? What is your pitch arsenal like?
\r\n
\r\nWasilewski: I throw a four-seam fastball between 90 and 94. I throw a curveball between 80 and 82. I throw a changeup that's about 80-81. I've got a two-seamer, too, but I know how hard it is.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What are you strengths on the mound?
\r\n
\r\nWasilewski: My fastball's got a lot of movement. I just try to come after hitters.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What do you think you need some work on?
\r\n
\r\nWasilewski: Definitely developing a changeup. I've been working on one here lately. Overall command of all my pitches and becoming a better pitcher.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up?
\r\n
\r\nWasilewski: It was always the Yankees.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You're from the same small town and high school as Billy Wagner. Was he your favorite player growing up?
\r\n
\r\nWasilewski: Actually Rickey Henderson was. He's always been my favorite.
\r\n
\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?
\r\n
\r\nWasilewski: I try being like Cliff Lee, nice and relaxed up on the mound.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say is your best baseball moment?
\r\n
\r\nWasilewski: This year I threw a no-hitter against Princeton, and they were the [West Virginia Class AAA]state champs this year. It was just great to come back. There were a lot of scouts in attendance. It was proof to me that my injury was behind me.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Are you talking about following your Tommy John surgery in 2010?
\r\n
\r\nWasilewski: Yeah, I had Tommy John. It happened in eastern Carolina. When I was throwing, it kind of went dead on me. I went to Dr. [James] Andrews and had the surgery on October 26. I worked with Dr. Clark Williams over in Galax. They just really helped me. I couldn't have done it without them. I learned a lot while I was over there and just worked really, really hard.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: And you'll be signing with the Blue Jays and getting your professional career started?
\r\n
\r\nWasilewski: Yes. I can't wait.
\r\n
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