InsideTheDome: Could you share your experiences from last years draft? What was it like talking with the professional scouts, and how many teams were scouting you before the draft?
Chip Cannon: I was fortunate enough to get drafted. I considered it one of
the best experiences I've had. I was placed in Auburn my first year, and at
Auburn - we had one of the best winning percentages as a team. It's
going to be a fun year.
InsideTheDome: Did you expect the Blue Jays to draft you?
Chip Cannon: You never really know, there are so many scouts looking at
someone else, and you never really know. You could do something one day
to catch the eye of someone, and the next night something else to
impress somebody else.
InsideTheDome: How difficult is it getting used to wooden bats?
Chip Cannon: I wouldn't say its tough, by now you're a year and a half away
from aluminum. With that first year, its tough, but after the first
year, you've adapted pretty well.
InsideTheDome: You pitched at Citadel as well as played first base. Which do
Chip Cannon: I kind of got thrown into the mix my junior year. We got into
a situation that we didn't have anyone else to pitch and I did in high
school. I got thrown in and just tried to get ourselves late into the
game and tried to give ourselves a chance to win. The last two years I
pitched, I enjoyed it, but now I don't have to worry about pitching on
Sundays, I can just sit back and relax.
InsideTheDome: Any chances you may be back on the mound for Lansing?
Chip Cannon: No. I enjoyed it, but I like being able to relax on Sundays
and enjoy the season.
InsideTheDome: How old were you when you started playing baseball?
Chip Cannon: Second or third grade- starting at tee ball and worked my way up
InsideTheDome: What is your favorite hitting drill?
Chip Cannon: I hit so much. The thing I've done since I was a freshman in
college, I would get into a long tunnel, set up a tee and just hit line
drives into the back of the net.
InsideTheDome: Have you played in front of crowds over 7,000 before, if not,
what did you think coming out opening day in front of the crowd?
Chip Cannon: In college when you get to regionals', and at the Citadel in
front of packed houses - it kind of resembles that. Once the weather
gets warmer here, I'm sure there will be more people, and it will be
exciting. It will be fun, and the more we win the more people will come
out to see us.
InsideTheDome: Your real name is Rhame. Would you care to tell the fans why you go by Chip? And how did you get the nickname Chip?
Chip Cannon: My grandfather called me 'chip off the old block' when I was a little kid and it stuck.. Not many people know my real name is Rhame.
InsideTheDome: What was it like attending the Citadel in S.C? Do you
think the military environment helped give you discipline to further
your professional career in baseball?
Chip Cannon: I wouldn't say its helped me in baseball. It's a different
place than normal college. You have to wear a uniform. When it's all
said and done, you go to class then you go play baseball. You have the
option to go into a military career, while you're there. If you do,
you get commissioned as an officer.
Prospect Pulse: Q&A with Chip Cannon
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