Q&A: Mets 14th round pick Ian Marshall

InsidePitchMagazine.com caught up with Mets' 14th round draft pick Ian Marshall for a Q&A session to talk about being drafted by the Mets, if he plans on going pro now or attending the University of Richmond, what his repertoire is like, who he thinks he resembles at the Major League level, and more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Ian, talk about being drafted about the Mets. Were you surprised it was the Mets that drafted you?

Ian Marshall: It was really exciting. It was in the parking lot at my game trying to get some extra tickets to my high school graduation the next day when my sister told me that the Mets had drafted me. I was thrilled. No, I wasn't too surprised. The Mets had talked to me more than anyone else but it was still cool to hear that they had drafted me.

Inside Pitch: Have you already committed to playing baseball in colllege and if so, do you see yourself starting skipping school and starting your professional career with the Mets now?

Marshall: Yeah, I plan on going to the University of Richmond if nothing works out with the Mets. The team has been nothing but good to me and going to Richmond as a fallback is a good situation to be in. I'm anxious to talk to Matt [Mets' scout, Matt Wondolowski] about offers and stuff. I could just go to Richmond and get smarter and stronger and just see what happens after college. But pitching in the pros is different. They care for your arm a lot more and it is more about development, keeping you on stricter pitch counts and stuff like that. But I honestly have no idea what is going to happen. We'll just have to wait and see what the Mets offer. Playing professional baseball is something though that I've always wanted to do so it would be good to start now.

Inside Pitch: Tell us about your repertoire. What types of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?

Marshall: I throw a fastball that averages in the low 90's, around 90-91 MPH pretty consistently. My friend told me once this year that I hit 92 MPH on the gun. I throw a 2-seam fastball that's more like a cutter. I have a pretty good curveball that keeps hitters guessing. That's around 73 MPH or so. I have a changeup about 79 MPH and a slider that high school batters can't really hit. In high school I mainly threw fastballs though. It was almost like doing them a favor by throwing them offspeed pitches. All my pitches work off of each other.

Inside Pitch: Is there a Major League pitcher that would you compare yourself to or that other people have told you that you resemble on the mound?

Marshall: I've been told I have David Cone's demeanor on the mound by a few people. Growing up I always wanted to be like Roger Clemens. I strive to be like him because of his great work ethic. A bunch of the guys have always kidded with me that if he [Clemens] and I were on the same team we would be workout buddies. My teammates tell me all the time that I work out too much. But I really get enjoyment out of it.

Inside Pitch: What would you say is your biggest strength as a pitcher?

Marshall: I'd have to say my demeanor on the mound. Sitting in the stands you wouldn't be able to tell if I was up by ten runs or down by ten runs. I don't show any emotion out there on the field. Hitters feed off that emotion and I don't want to give them an inch. I kind of got that approach from watching Mike Mussina. He was one of my favorite players when he pitched for the Orioles.

Inside Pitch: What would you say is the one area of your game that you need to improve if you do in fact make the move to the pros?

Marshall: Right now I'd say my consistency. A lot of times I go out and feel great on the mound and there's other times where I almost have to focus even more. I think as my body grows I'll learn to be more consistent with my pitches, picking my spots, and with my speed. I just have to be more consistent keeping the ball down. Pitchers make a living keeping the ball down in the strike zone and I need to learn to do that all the time.

InsidePitchMagazine.com would like to thank Ian Marshall for taking the time to talk with us and we wish him the best of luck as he decided whether or not to begin his baseball career with the Mets this year.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Ian, talk about being drafted about the Mets. Were you surprised it was the Mets that drafted you?
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\r\nIan Marshall: It was really exciting. It was in the parking lot at my game trying to get some extra tickets to my high school graduation the next day when my sister told me that the Mets had drafted me. I was thrilled. No, I wasn't too surprised. The Mets had talked to me more than anyone else but it was still cool to hear that they had drafted me.
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\r\nInside Pitch: Have you already committed to playing baseball in colllege and if so, do you see yourself starting skipping school and starting your professional career with the Mets now?
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\r\nMarshall: Yeah, I plan on going to the University of Richmond if nothing works out with the Mets. The team has been nothing but good to me and going to Richmond as a fallback is a good situation to be in. I'm anxious to talk to Matt [Mets' scout, Matt Wondolowski] about offers and stuff. I could just go to Richmond and get smarter and stronger and just see what happens after college. But pitching in the pros is different. They care for your arm a lot more and it is more about development, keeping you on stricter pitch counts and stuff like that. But I honestly have no idea what is going to happen. We'll just have to wait and see what the Mets offer. Playing professional baseball is something though that I've always wanted to do so it would be good to start now.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Tell us about your repertoire. What types of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
\r\n
\r\nMarshall: I throw a fastball that averages in the low 90's, around 90-91 MPH pretty consistently. My friend told me once this year that I hit 92 MPH on the gun. I throw a 2-seam fastball that's more like a cutter. I have a pretty good curveball that keeps hitters guessing. That's around 73 MPH or so. I have a changeup about 79 MPH and a slider that high school batters can't really hit. In high school I mainly threw fastballs though. It was almost like doing them a favor by throwing them offspeed pitches. All my pitches work off of each other.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Is there a Major League pitcher that would you compare yourself to or that other people have told you that you resemble on the mound?
\r\n
\r\nMarshall: I've been told I have David Cone's demeanor on the mound by a few people. Growing up I always wanted to be like Roger Clemens. I strive to be like him because of his great work ethic. A bunch of the guys have always kidded with me that if he [Clemens] and I were on the same team we would be workout buddies. My teammates tell me all the time that I work out too much. But I really get enjoyment out of it.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: What would you say is your biggest strength as a pitcher?
\r\n
\r\nMarshall: I'd have to say my demeanor on the mound. Sitting in the stands you wouldn't be able to tell if I was up by ten runs or down by ten runs. I don't show any emotion out there on the field. Hitters feed off that emotion and I don't want to give them an inch. I kind of got that approach from watching Mike Mussina. He was one of my favorite players when he pitched for the Orioles.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: What would you say is the one area of your game that you need to improve if you do in fact make the move to the pros?
\r\n
\r\nMarshall: Right now I'd say my consistency. A lot of times I go out and feel great on the mound and there's other times where I almost have to focus even more. I think as my body grows I'll learn to be more consistent with my pitches, picking my spots, and with my speed. I just have to be more consistent keeping the ball down. Pitchers make a living keeping the ball down in the strike zone and I need to learn to do that all the time.
\r\n
\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com would like to thank Ian Marshall for taking the time to talk with us and we wish him the best of luck as he decided whether or not to begin his baseball career with the Mets this year.
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