Cardinals 2010 Draft Interviews: Colin Walsh

Senior Minor League Writer Dustin Mattison caught up with St. Louis Cardinals 13th round pick Colin Walsh.

The St. Louis Cardinals nabbed Stanford's Colin Walsh in the 13th round of the 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft. The team's starting second baseman the past two seasons led the Cardinals in home runs this spring with seven. Astute in the batter's box, he reached base at a .428 clip in part due to 41 walks.

Like many St. Louis draft picks, Walsh is a veteran of the collegiate summer leagues. Last season on the Cape, he turned a hot start into an invite to the Cape Cod League All-Star game at Fenway Park. The previous summer, he hit .352 while playing in the West Coast Collegiate League.

Recently, Colin took the time to answer a few questions.

Dustin Mattison: Describe to me what you were doing when you found out you were drafted.

Colin Walsh: Watching the draft pick by pick was way too nerve racking. I had to go out to lunch with a couple of friends, but even then it was hard to keep my mind off it. However, I got the call while we were eating and it made lunch significantly better.

DM: Were the Cardinals the team that you expected to pick you?

CW: I had talked to Cardinals area scout Matthew Swanson quite a bit leading up to the draft, so I knew they had an interest in me. But the draft is a pretty crazy process so I had no idea who was going to take me until I got the call.

DM: What other teams were in the mix?

CW: I had talked to a number of other teams before the draft but the Cardinals were actually the team I was hoping would take me. I am really glad it turned out this way.

DM: What do you know about the Cardinals organization?

CW: I know they are one of the most consistently talented teams in the National League, along with having the greatest hitter of our generation in Albert Pujols.

DM: What do you know about its minor league system?

CW: To be honest I didn't really start to follow minor league baseball until my friends and teammates from Stanford began playing. I still don't know too much about the system but I have no doubt I'll find out about it soon enough.

DM: Give me a scouting report on you as a player.

CW: I feel like I am a solid all around player. At the plate I am a very patient hitter. I draw a lot of walks and see a lot of pitches each at bat. I hit for gap power and the occasional home run. I used to play shortstop in high school so I feel like my range is pretty good along with my arm.

DM: Is there a major league player that you would compare yourself to?

CW: I am probably comparable to Chase Utley with a lot less power haha. I just hope one day some baseball prospect is going to be asked who he is comparable to and he says Colin Walsh. That is the ultimate dream.

DM: Tell me about the biggest game you have played in?

CW: The biggest game of my college career was actually during my freshman year. Our starting second baseman that year was an Indians third round draft pick, Cord Phelps, and he got extremely sick the night before Game 2 of Super Regionals at Cal State Fullerton. We had won the first game so with a win we would punch our ticket to Omaha. After being a spot starter all year, I started that game and went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and 3 runs scored. To end the game, Jake Schlander and I turned a double play to win 8-5 and go to the College World Series.

DM: When you are not playing baseball, how do you like to spend your time?

CW: My main hobbies are surfing, backpacking, and golf. I'm from San Diego originally so I spent most of my childhood either on the beach or on the baseball field.

DM: Austin Wilson, a Stanford recruit, was drafted one round ahead of you. Are you going to get him on the phone and tell him to follow you to the St. Louis Cardinals?

CW: Whether or not to sign out of high school is one of the most important decisions of his life. I think that a decision like that should be left up to him and his family.

DM: If you were not a baseball player, you would be a…..

CW: An architect or real estate developer. I am getting my masters in civil engineering from Stanford after I am finished with my undergraduate degree.

DM: Who are you picking in the World Cup?

CW: I'll go with Ivory Coast because it's always more fun to root for an underdog.

DM: Tell me something about yourself that most people won't know about you.

CW: My brother and I invented a game called pitcher backer in our backyard during elementary school. It's hard to explain but it was much more competitive than any other sport I've ever played. Look for it on ESPN 8, "The Ocho", in the near future.

I thank Colin for his time and wish him the best of luck in his upcoming professional career.



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