Q&A with Jays' 15th Round Pick Ryan Borucki

We talked to the Blue Jays' 15th round pick, Ryan Borucki, for a Q&A session. Find out what the left-handed pitcher from Mundelein High School in Illinois 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 react when you found out you were selected by the Blue Jays?

Ryan Borucki: I was really excited. I wasn't watching the draft at the time they called me and they said "you don't even know do you?" I've always dreamed of being drafted. It's a dream come true and just such a good feeling.

FutureJays.com: I read that the Blue Jays contacted you earlier in the draft process so did you have an expectation that they would ultimately draft?

Borucki: They called me the morning before the draft that day so there was some communication.

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

Borucki: I heard that their farm system is very good as far as player development. They're really good at getting guys up and getting them ready for the big leagues really fast. I'm very excited if I get the chance to go play there.

FutureJays.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?

Borucki: My fastball ranges from 89-93 mph. My changeup is probably my best secondary pitch and it's probably around 80-82 mph. My curveball has some bite on it and it's kind of a hard breaker, probably around 85-86 mph.

FutureJays.com: Counting your changeup as your primary strength, what other part of your game would you call your strengths?

Borucki: It's probably the movement of my fastball, that's my biggest strength as it dips down at the very end. That's what all the scouts said they really like about me.

FutureJays.com: Is there an area you could work on to improve your game?

Borucki: Probably my curveball. I could work on that and make it a lot better than it is right 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?

Borucki: Chris Sale for the White Sox. He has the same type of body that I have. He's tall, lanky, and really skinny. He's really whippy with everything he does and that's exactly how I am.

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

Borucki: The White Sox have always been my favorite team.

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

Borucki: My best moment in baseball was probably going to the Area Code Games last year in California. That's the most prestigious tournament for high school players.

FutureJays.com: You have a strong commitment to Iowa University but now that you've been drafted by the Blue Jays, what do you plan to do?

Borucki: It's kind of like 50-50 right now. I really don't know what Toronto is going to do but I'm leaning a little bit more towards Toronto. We'll see what happens.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: How did you react when you found out you were selected by the Blue Jays?
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\r\nRyan Borucki: I was really excited. I wasn't watching the draft at the time they called me and they said \"you don't even know do you?\" I've always dreamed of being drafted. It's a dream come true and just such a good feeling.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: I read that the Blue Jays contacted you earlier in the draft process so did you have an expectation that they would ultimately draft?
\r\n
\r\nBorucki: They called me the morning before the draft that day so there was some communication.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Do you have any idea what the Blue Jays organization or farm system is like?
\r\n
\r\nBorucki: I heard that their farm system is very good as far as player development. They're really good at getting guys up and getting them ready for the big leagues really fast. I'm very excited if I get the chance to go play there.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
\r\n
\r\nBorucki: My fastball ranges from 89-93 mph. My changeup is probably my best secondary pitch and it's probably around 80-82 mph. My curveball has some bite on it and it's kind of a hard breaker, probably around 85-86 mph.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Counting your changeup as your primary strength, what other part of your game would you call your strengths?
\r\n
\r\nBorucki: It's probably the movement of my fastball, that's my biggest strength as it dips down at the very end. That's what all the scouts said they really like about me.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Is there an area you could work on to improve your game?
\r\n
\r\nBorucki: Probably my curveball. I could work on that and make it a lot better than it is right now.
\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? And why?
\r\n
\r\nBorucki: Chris Sale for the White Sox. He has the same type of body that I have. He's tall, lanky, and really skinny. He's really whippy with everything he does and that's exactly how I am.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up?
\r\n
\r\nBorucki: The White Sox have always been my favorite team.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
\r\n
\r\nBorucki: My best moment in baseball was probably going to the Area Code Games last year in California. That's the most prestigious tournament for high school players.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You have a strong commitment to Iowa University but now that you've been drafted by the Blue Jays, what do you plan to do?
\r\n
\r\nBorucki: It's kind of like 50-50 right now. I really don't know what Toronto is going to do but I'm leaning a little bit more towards Toronto. We'll see what happens.
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