time one year ago, he was out of baseball and working as a waiter at a country
club pool. His first year of college baseball was trying, to say the least. In his freshman season at
took a chance and contacted
Eleven months later, the 20-year-old had solidified himself as a pro prospect after posting a 2.87 ERA while fanning 77 batters in 78 innings on a team that won the challenging Southern Conference Championship.
I was able to catch up with the 6-foot-1 right-hander after he was selected with the 184th overall pick.
Dustin Mattison: First, Cardinal fans want to know about your pitching repertoire.
Eric Fornataro: Fastball at 91-95 MPH, changeup at 77-79 MPH, slider at 81-84 MPH,curve at 75-77 MPH.
Tell me about your background and how you came to
Last year (2007), I went to
DM: How did you find out that the Cardinals picked you? Were you expecting to be picked in the sixth round?
EF: I was expecting to go in the third or fourth. My agent texted me and then my Dad called me seconds after. That's how I found out. I wasn't watching the draft.
DM: What other teams had shown interest?
EF: All 30 teams showed interest and talked to me over this past year.
What do you know about the
EF: I have never followed the team. I just have heard they have some intense, hardcore fans.
DM: What four-year universities have contacted you and have you committed to any?
I did not commit to any because UM (
Where do talks stand between you and the Cardinals? Is a contract
imminent? Have they told you where you would most likely start out at,
EF: I have signed my contract and am happy with it. I am not sure where I will end up. I will know by this Saturday.
DM: What has been your best baseball moment?
EF: Being drafted.
What do you want Cardinal Nation to know about you?
EF: I am very hard-working and plan on winning the Cardinals a World Series in the next 3-4 years.
I thank Eric for his time and wish him much success in his Redbirds career.
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