This time the team nabbed pitcher Josh Lucas. Standing 6-foot-7, Lucas possesses a fastball that sits in the high 80's. With better mechanics, he is easily projectable of reaching the mid 90's.
As a senior at Lakeland High School, he logged 75 strikeouts in 63 innings while posting a miniscule 0.49 ERA. Many major league teams took notice and the Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the 39th round of the 2009 draft.
Instead, Lucas decided to delay starting his professional career and enrolled at State College of Florida. For the Manatees, the right-hander posted an ERA of 4.26 with 57 strikeouts and 23 walks in 69 2/3 innings this spring.
Recently, Lucas was kind enough to take time to answer some questions.
Dustin Mattison: Describe to me what you were doing when you found out you were drafted.
Josh Lucas: I didn't know at first because I was out working out with a friend from high school. One of my roommates from college called me to congratulate me and I was like what are you talking about, and so that's when he told me the Cardinals had picked me.
DM: Were the Cardinals the team that you expected to pick you?
JL: I really didn't know who was going to pick me. I had talked to some other teams but wasn't really sure who it was going to be.
DM: What do you know about the Cardinals organization?
JL: I know that the Cardinals are big on the old school ways of running things.
DM: What do you know about its minor league system?
JL: I don't know much about their minor league system. I do know that if you come in and do your work like you're supposed to you will get moved up.
DM: Give me a scouting report on you as a player.
JL: I feel like I am a smart pitcher who likes to win. I pitch to contact so the hitters get themselves out which in turn saves pitches for me.
DM: Is there a major league player that you would compare yourself to?
JL: I don't want to compare myself to a major leaguer because I'm nowhere near as good as them yet.
DM: How difficult of a decision was it to pass on pro baseball after getting drafted by the Blue Jays?
JL: It wasn't that hard of a decision for me. I wanted to get a year of school under my belt so I could work on a couple things to get better.
DM: When you are not playing baseball, how do you like to spend your time?
JL: When I'm not playing ball I love to golf and fish. Whichever I have time to do that day.
DM: If you were not a baseball player, you would be a…..
JL: If I wasn't a ballplayer, I would probably just be a normal kid going to college and working some job.
DM: Tell me something about yourself that most people won't know about you.
JL: I'm terrified of flying. I don't like the fact that I have to just sit there in pretty much a flying tube thousands of feet in the air.
I thank Josh for his time and wish him the best in his professional career.
Links to earlier Cardinals draftee interviews in this series:
7th round pick Greg Garcia
13th round pick Colin Walsh
15th round pick Geoff Klein
18th round pick Boone Whiting
8th round pick Daniel Bilbona
42nd round pick Cole Brand (free)
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