St. Louis Cardinals drafted Anthony Ferrara in the seventh round of 2008 MLB
First-Year Player Draft. Regarded
as one of the top left-handed prep pitchers available,
Selected to participate in the 2007 AFLAC All-American Game, the southpaw did not participate in the contest but did take part in the home run derby.
senior season in high school in
Cardinals bought out his commitment to the
I recently caught up with Anthony and he was gracious enough to agree to answer some questions for me.
Dustin Mattison: How is the arm and more specifically, the bicep?
Ferrara: The arm is great, perfect.
DM: Tell me about Anthony Ferrara, the pitcher. What pitches do you throw?
throw a two-seam and a four-seam fastball.
To go along with a change up, I throw a curve and a slider.
DM: How trying was draft day?
Draft day was really tough because of the doctor's misdiagnosis. But now that
it's over and the Cardinals selected me, I couldn't be happier. It is a great
DM: What has been the most exciting highlight of your short pro career?
The highlight definitely had to be the 12-inning win against the Mets. It was
easily one of the best games I have ever seen. (Writer's note: The game was played on August 10 with
the Cardinals winning, 6-5, in 12 innings.)
DM: What has been the toughest part of baseball as a professional? Has anything caught you off guard?
love it so far. The first day I
reported I was real nervous because everyone was running around and you have to
take care of yourself. No one
babies you and tells you where you need to be; you have to know that before
DM: Have the Cardinals given you any indication if they feel your future is as a starter or a reliever?
don't have any clue about the starter or reliever situation. We had a piggy back rotation this year
so I would start one game and then relieve the next.
DM: When you are not playing baseball, what do you like to do?
When I am not playing, I love watching racing. I have real close friends and family
that race at a local dirt track.
DM: What team did you root for growing up? What did you know of the Cardinals before they drafted you?
Actually, it is funny because I have always grown up a Cardinal fan. When I was growing up, one of my best
friends' (and catcher) Dad played for the Cardinals and he played with the scout
that drafted me. When I got into
high school, my coach went to college in
DM: What are your off-season plans?
AF: This off-season I plan to work with The
Baseball Factory, which is a scouting program for amateur players. I am going to help them run camps and I
plan on working out with my high school coach.
DM: What should Cardinal fans know about you that they may not already know?
AF: I am going to do my best and hopefully I can to bring their team to the top.
I thank Anthony for his time and wish him the best of luck in his career with the Cardinals. I believe he will quickly establish himself as one of the best pitching prospects in the system.
Dustin Mattison can be reached via email at email@example.com.
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