InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the Mets.
Michael Olmstead: I'm very happy, this is a dream come true for me. All I've ever wanted to do is play baseball. I was just sitting around with some friends and family when it happened and afterwards we all went to a Lids and I bought my first Mets hat. I'm really looking forward to getting my professional career started.
Inside Pitch Were you surprised it was the Mets that selected you? I mean, had you and the Mets talked much before the draft?
Olmstead: I'm not surprised that I got picked by the Mets, I'm just surprised they picked me when they did. From what they told me, I was expecting to be drafted after the tenth round and I was a little shocked to be honest. It's finally starting to settle in a little bit. I'm still really happy about it though.
Inside Pitch: Do you have any idea what the Mets' organization or farm system is like? (how do they fit in the system.
Olmstead: Not really, but I have a few friends in the minor leagues from different teams that I've talked to about the lifestyle and what to expect as far as traveling and some other things are concerned. I think I'm ready to be a minor leaguer.
Inside Pitch: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
Olmstead: If I'm coming out of the bullpen, my fastball tends to be in the 90-93 range. If I'm starting, it tends to be in the 88-92 range, but I have thrown 94 before. I have a slider, a curveball that I can throw at any time and a changeup that kind of went away a little bit since last year. I've been trying to throw it more often lately, but I think it's still a developmental pitch. I wouldn't consider myself a fireballer or a control pitcher; I'd actually consider myself a little bit of both. At the level I'm at now, 93 miles an hour is like a fireballer, but at the professional level, it's average.
Inside Pitch: What is your best pitch and which pitch needs the most work?
Olmstead: The changeup needs the most work and my best pitch varies. Sometimes my curveball is working really well for me and sometimes my slider is. I think my fastball is my best pitch overall, but aside from that, my slider and curveball are my best secondary pitches, but that can change on a day to day basis. As far as my changeup goes, I throw it often, because it's a feel pitch and the only way to get better at it is by throwing it as much as I can.
Everyday I throw it, depending on if it's a long-toss day, a bullpen day or a game day and I warm up using the grip. This way, when I'm on the mound during a game, I've already warmed up using it and I feel comfortable if I have to use it. My coach Scott Pickler, used to coach Trevor Hoffman, one of the most dominant closers of all time and I use the same kind of grip he uses on his changeup, which is kind of like a circle change with the ball being back towards my palm.
Inside Pitch: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
Olmstead: The Angels; I live about ten miles away from the stadium and I've owned season tickets pretty much my entire life. As far as players go, probably Roger Clemens or Nolan Ryan even though I was too young to see a whole lot of him. I love the way that he [Clemens] goes out there and competes with no fear; he just goes right after hitters and I like to think that's the way I pitch too.
Inside Pitch: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Mets' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound?
Olmstead: It's hard for me to look in a mirror when I'm pitching; I just do what I do and try to just be myself when I'm out on the mound. I really don't care what other people say about me, but a lot of people around here say that I'm a lot like John Lackey because we have a similar make up physically, we throw the same pitches and we have similar mechanics. I really like the comparison too; he's on fire right now.
Inside Pitch: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Olmstead: This year at Cypress College, we weren't even supposed to make the playoffs, but we squeaked in at the end of the season and in our first two games, I won one coming out of the pen and the next day I started and took the win there too. That was pretty big for me.
Inside Pitch: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
Olmstead: As soon as the Mets are ready to offer me a contract, I'll sign it and jump on a plane. I can't wait to get started, this is a dream come true for me; I'm so anxious.
Inside Pitch: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?
Olmstead: Not at all, I like to think I feed off of pressure situations. I don't know if they're going to have me pitch in the rotation or come out of the pen, but to be honest, I don't care. I just want to be out there and have the ball in my hands, so I can show everyone what I'm made of. Like I said, I love pressure situations and I think I feed off of them. My motto has always been, "Give me the rock and let me show you what I can do." I'm not scared to go after anyone on the mound. I'm a competitor and I can't wait to get out there.
Q&A with Mets' 9th Rd Pick Michael Olmstead
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