InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the Mets.
Dylan Owen: I still can't believe this has all happened. Playing in the major leagues has always been a dream for me and to have it come true like this is amazing. I really don't know what to say, I'm just really excited. The Mets are a first class organization and a great ball club, so I'm happy to be a part of all of this.
Inside Pitch: Were you surprised it was the Mets that selected you? I mean, had you and the Mets talked much before the draft?
Owen: I wasn't surprised at all. I knew the Devil Rays were interested in me, but we really didn't talk all that much. The Mets and [Mets Scout] Marlin McPhail made me feel comfortable and let me know they were really interested in me, so when draft day came, I was pretty sure where I was going.
Inside Pitch: Do you have any idea what the Mets' organization or farm system is like and where you fit in?
Owen: No not really, but from what they tell me, I'll be headed to Brooklyn and will get a few spot starts here and there and work out of the bullpen. All I can do is work hard and do my best. I'm just happy to be a part of a professional ball club and will do everything in my power to help the team win.
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?
Owen: I throw a fastball that's been clocked at 93 mph before, but for the most part, it's around 88-91. I also throw a slider for my out pitch, which gets a lot of outs for me, a curve and a changeup. My slider is probably around the high 70s- low-80s. My curveball is a little slower than my slider and I'd say my changeup is a good eight to nine mph slower than my fastball. My slider is my best pitch because it's my strike out pitch and has always worked for me. I usually throw it low and away and get the hitter to chase it. I think the only thing I need to do is work on throwing my fastball inside more often and getting more comfortable throwing inside because I don't do it all that often.
Inside Pitch: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
Owen: Growing up, I was always a big Braves fan because they were the first team I ever went to go see. I still like them a lot now, but not as much as I used to. I was also a big Chipper Jones fan too because I played third base a lot when I was younger.
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?
Owen: I really never compare myself to anybody and have never really heard anyone compare me to anyone at the major league level. I have at times though I have experimented with a high leg kick real high like Pedro Martinez. However, I have a kind of overhand/ ¾ delivery that's pretty different from his, so I don't think we're comparable. All of my coaches have said that my delivery is very sneaky and I'm very good at creating deception, I just don't know if it's like anyone else out there. I guess I'll have to wait until my pro career starts before I can be compared to anyone.
Inside Pitch: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Owen: Probably when I played in the regionals and the championship, when I was at Francis Marion. I pitched in the first game of the regionals that Thursday and when I pitched in the championship, I threw 6 2/3 innings and struck out 12 hitters. Because of that, I helped the team win the championship. As of now, that has to be the biggest moment in my baseball career.
Inside Pitch: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
Owen: I was studying secondary education at Francis Marion because if I can't play professional baseball, I'd like to be involved in the game in some way and would love to coach and teach the game. However, I signed my contract on Saturday and from what they tell me I'm heading to Brooklyn, so I'm really excited to get my professional career started. This is something I've wanted to do my whole life. This has always been my favorite thing to be around.
Inside Pitch: Do you think the pressures of pitching in New York might be a problem?
Owen: I've never had a problem with pressure. Sure, I'm going to be nervous, but all I can do is go out there and do my best. I'm a hard worker and I'm going to give my best out there every time they give me the ball.
Q&A with Mets' 20th Rd Pick Dylan Owen
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