Q&A with Mets' 17th Rd Pick Brandon Efferson

Drafted in the 17th round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of Zachary High School (LA), Brandon Efferson sat down for a Q&A session. Find out about his stuff, where he sees himself in the future and his thoughts on being a Met - plus more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the Mets.

Brandon Efferson: It's crazy, all I've ever wanted to do is play baseball and I'm happy I have a chance to continue and play professionally. I still can't believe it. I was eating lunch with my high school coach when I found out and I'm still a little shocked. It feels awesome to be a part of a professional baseball organization, I'm so excited. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do in my life.

Inside Pitch: Were you surprised it was the Mets that selected you? I mean, had you and the Mets talked much before the draft?

Efferson: I thought they were going to pick me and I spoke to a few people in the organization during pre-draft workouts at Shea and they told me they were going to pick me. I knew the Reds and Marlins had some interest in me too. I wasn't positive that the Mets were going to pick me, but I was hoping they would. After talking to them, I was pretty confident where I was going to go.

Inside Pitch: Do you have any idea what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?

Efferson: I have no idea, but I guess I'm going to start because that's pretty much what I've done pretty much my entire career. I have worked out of the bullpen a few times, but I've had all of my success as a starter, so I'm guessing they're going to keep me there. Either way, I just want to be able to contribute in any way I can.

Inside Pitch: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What is your best pitch and which pitch needs the most work?

Efferson: My fastball is around 94 miles per hour, my curveball is around 75 and my splitter is around 85. My curve ball is my best pitch and I feel comfortable throwing it in any situation, to just about anybody. I think my splitter needs the most work and I've also been working on perfecting my slider, for the past year and a half, which I throw about 80 mph, because I know in order to make it in the big leagues, I'll need four pitches. I also think that the switch to the wooden bats in the pros can also benefit those pitches, because it will give me a little bit more room to go inside on the tougher hitters.

Inside Pitch: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

Efferson: Growing up, I was always a big Red Sox fan because I really liked Nomar Garciaparra. I played shortstop and had a strong arm growing up before I started pitching, so it was kind of a natural thing to like a player like him.

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?

Efferson: I really have no idea, but a few scouts have told me that I remind them of Roy Oswalt. I mean we're both around the same size and have the same makeup, but aside from that I really don't see it. I think our deliveries are much different as well, but I guess I can't be too upset when people compare me to someone like that.

Inside Pitch: What would you say is your best moment in baseball?

Efferson: Winning the state championship this year. It was great, I played great.I had a couple of hits and we won 7-0. Being drafted though is right up there as well. Winning the championship was a great way to end my high school career, but I'm really looking forward to getting my feet wet in the pros.

Inside Pitch: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?

Efferson: Basically, I just want to make sure that I get a fair deal. I want to see how much they're willing to give me. I'm still talking things over with my family. I really want to start playing professional baseball this summer, but I guess we're going to have to see the way things work out.

Inside Pitch: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?

Efferson: I think I can handle the pressure pretty well and I know I've been in plenty of pressure-filled situations in my career, so I think I'll be just fine. At the state championship game there were almost 6,000 people at the game and I did fine, so I think I'll be able to handle what ever comes my way.


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\r\nBrandon Efferson: It's crazy, all I've ever wanted to do is play baseball and I'm happy I have a chance to continue and play professionally. I still can't believe it. I was eating lunch with my high school coach when I found out and I'm still a little shocked. It feels awesome to be a part of a professional baseball organization, I'm so excited. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do in my life.
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\r\nInside Pitch: Were you surprised it was the Mets that selected you? I mean, had you and the Mets talked much before the draft?
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\r\nEfferson: I thought they were going to pick me and I spoke to a few people in the organization during pre-draft workouts at Shea and they told me they were going to pick me. I knew the Reds and Marlins had some interest in me too. I wasn't positive that the Mets were going to pick me, but I was hoping they would. After talking to them, I was pretty confident where I was going to go.
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\r\nInside Pitch: Do you have any idea what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?
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\r\nEfferson: I have no idea, but I guess I'm going to start because that's pretty much what I've done pretty much my entire career. I have worked out of the bullpen a few times, but I've had all of my success as a starter, so I'm guessing they're going to keep me there. Either way, I just want to be able to contribute in any way I can.
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\r\nInside Pitch: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What is your best pitch and which pitch needs the most work?
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\r\nEfferson: My fastball is around 94 miles per hour, my curveball is around 75 and my splitter is around 85. My curve ball is my best pitch and I feel comfortable throwing it in any situation, to just about anybody. I think my splitter needs the most work and I've also been working on perfecting my slider, for the past year and a half, which I throw about 80 mph, because I know in order to make it in the big leagues, I'll need four pitches. I also think that the switch to the wooden bats in the pros can also benefit those pitches, because it will give me a little bit more room to go inside on the tougher hitters.
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\r\nInside Pitch: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nEfferson: Growing up, I was always a big Red Sox fan because I really liked Nomar Garciaparra. I played shortstop and had a strong arm growing up before I started pitching, so it was kind of a natural thing to like a player like him.
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\r\nInside 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?
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\r\nEfferson: I really have no idea, but a few scouts have told me that I remind them of Roy Oswalt. I mean we're both around the same size and have the same makeup, but aside from that I really don't see it. I think our deliveries are much different as well, but I guess I can't be too upset when people compare me to someone like that.
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\r\nInside Pitch: What would you say is your best moment in baseball?
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\r\nEfferson: Winning the state championship this year. It was great, I played great.I had a couple of hits and we won 7-0. Being drafted though is right up there as well. Winning the championship was a great way to end my high school career, but I'm really looking forward to getting my feet wet in the pros.
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\r\nInside Pitch: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
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\r\nEfferson: Basically, I just want to make sure that I get a fair deal. I want to see how much they're willing to give me. I'm still talking things over with my family. I really want to start playing professional baseball this summer, but I guess we're going to have to see the way things work out.
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\r\nInside Pitch: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?
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\r\nEfferson: I think I can handle the pressure pretty well and I know I've been in plenty of pressure-filled situations in my career, so I think I'll be just fine. At the state championship game there were almost 6,000 people at the game and I did fine, so I think I'll be able to handle what ever comes my way.
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