Cards 2010 Draft Interviews: Daniel Bibona

The St. Louis Cardinals eighth round pick Daniel Bibona recently talked with Senior Minor League Writer Dustin Mattison.

In the eighth round of this year's MLB First Year Player Draft, the St. Louis Cardinals took a player the team was familiar with. The Cardinals had selected Daniel Bibona in last year's event in the 16th round. But the two could not come to an agreement and the southpaw returned to University of California-Irvine.

Bibona finishes his Anteater career as the reigning two-time Big West Pitcher of the Year. This season, he struck out 102 with only 15 walks in 94.1 innings. The senior was a USA Baseball Golden Spikes semifinalist and named a Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger first team All-American.

Recently, Bibona took time out to answer some questions.

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

Daniel Bibona: When I found out I was selected by the Cards again I was just getting out of my last final.

DM: Were the Cardinals the team that you expected to pick you? Was it an easy decision to allow them to draft you again?

DB: I did not know what to expect. Any team could have taken me and I would not have been surprised.

DM: What other teams were in the mix?

DB: I thought that the Yankees, Blue Jays, Rangers, Giants, Cubs and Royals would have been the teams that would have probably taken me but it really could have been any team.

DM: What do you know about the Cardinals organization?

DB: (Laughing) I know that they took me last year. I know they have a rich history in Major League Baseball and I am happy to be a part of that.

DM: Can you tell me about the 2009 discussions? Were you close to becoming a Cardinal then?

DB: Last year I was very close to becoming a Card. It was a stressful process and there were many different reasons I decided to come back for my senior year.

DM: Have the Cardinals given you any indication where you will start your pro career?

DB: I would not be surprised if I started out in Quad Cities or the NY-Penn League.

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

DB: I throw 86-88 MPH to both sides of the plate. I will mix a two-seam and a four-seam fastball. I throw a slider and cutter to go along with a change-up. I will throw any pitch in any count to any location and that is what has helped make me successful in college.

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

DB: Throughout my whole life I have always been compared to Tom Glavine.

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

DB: I played in the 2007 College World Series against Arizona State my freshman year. I only threw a 1/3 of an inning but it is something I will remember the rest of my life.

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

DB: I like to go to the beach, I am a California kid. I like playing beach volleyball.

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

DB: If I did not play baseball I would probably coach it or do something in the working world. I could not tell you what it would be.

DM: You are you picking in the World Cup?

DB: I am going to have to go with Italy because I am Italian.

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

DB: Something that most people do not know about me is that I am a perfectionist. When I do or play anything I have to keep doing it until I am either the best or I can compete with my friends or family.

I wish Daniel the best of luck and thank him for his time.



Links to earlier articles in this series:
7th round pick Greg Garcia
13th round pick Colin Walsh
15th round pick Geoff Klein
18th round pick Boone Whiting



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