Inside Pitch Magazine: First I'd like to congratulate you on being drafted by the Mets. Tell our readers what went through your mind on draft day, and what it means to be drafted by a team like the Mets.
Robert Carson: I was very excited, happy and honored. I had liked the Mets and I was very interested in being drafted by them. I was in shock about when I was drafted. I didn't know when it would happen and when it did, I couldn't have been happier.
Inside Pitch: Did you talk much to the Mets before the draft?
Carson: Yes I did. We had talked before and I went to their workouts. I feel like I did well at the workout, in Louisiana, and showed them that I could be part of the organization. I felt like I'd be drafted by them, but all I could do was wait and see.
Inside Pitch: Do you have knowledge of what the organization or the farm system is like? Have they given you an assignment yet?
Carson: No, I don't know too much but I'm sure I'll will soon. I haven't found out where I'll exactly yet. But I did get a piece in the mail that hinted that I would end up playing for the Gulf Coast Mets.
Inside Pitch: To give our readers a better idea about your game, can you detail your repertoire? What kind of pitches do you throw? What is your strongest pitch? What needs more work?
Carson: I throw a fastball, a changeup, a cut fastball and a curveball. My fastball has topped out at 94. I consistently hit about 90-92 on my fastball. My changeup has been clocked at 75-80 MPH. My curveball is a little slower because I started throwing it my junior year of high school. I throw it in the low to mid 70s.
My curveball needs a little more sharp break to it. I have a developing slider which I would like to throw a little harder and get some more bend on it.
Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team growing up? Who was your favorite player?
Carson: Growing up in Mississippi, my favorite team was the Atlanta Braves. My favorite player was Ken Griffey Jr.
Inside Pitch: To give our readers a better idea of what you look like on the mound, is there a current Major Leaguer you see a bit of yourself in? Is there anyone you share a similar style with?
Carson: The pitcher I may look a bit like is Dontrelle Willis, and maybe Tom Glavine. My leg kick is a bit high but I like to work like Glavine.
Inside Pitch: What would say was your best moment in baseball so far?
Carson: I'd say it was when I threw a shutout against Wayne County. Throwing the whole game and shutting a team down was a great feeling. Letting my team rely on me was great too.
Inside Pitch: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your career started?
Carson: I'm just ready to for the Mets right now and start my professional career in baseball.
Inside Pitch: What are your thoughts on playing in New York in the future? Is that an environment you feel you can play in even with the pressures and intensity that comes with it?
Carson: I think it will be perfect. I like the idea. I think I'll adjust to it. I haven't been to New York. It will be something very different – the big city and all the people. I think it will be good for me though.
Q&A with Mets' 14th Rd Pick Robert Carson
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