InsidePitchMagazine.com: What is going through your mind right now after the draft and being drafted by a team like the Mets?
Scott Shaw: You know a lot of things went through my mind, but a lot of good things. I think the Mets are a great organization and it's a privilege to be drafted by them, let alone in the 13th round of the draft.
Inside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets that drafted you? Did you and the club have any discussions leading up to the draft?
Shaw: I kind of had an idea of maybe five teams that had greater interest in me, and the Mets were one of those five. I was watching the tracker the entire draft and when the Mets were picking, I'd always watch just a little bit closer. In the end it really wasn't a surprise that it was the Mets who drafted me.
Inside Pitch: Did you have any expectations of where you may have gone in the draft? Was there a range of rounds or did you just prepare to be selected at any time?
Shaw: I was thinking it was going to be after the 10th round but before the 20th round. I think being in that range was my expectations. Going in the teens rounds wasn't that surprising but I don't think I could have asked for a better landing spot. It's great.
Inside Pitch: Can you describe yourself as a player? How do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?
Shaw: Well I've been a starter throughout my career at Illinois and back to high school, but I'm not sure what the club has planned. That's probably something that will be worked out when I reported. I've never pitched out of the bullpen but I will not be opposed to the switch if that's what the clubs asks of me. Whatever they want me to do, I'll be willing to do as long as I'm playing—that's all I can ask for, is to play. I've been a starter all my life, I can throw four pitches, but at this point I'm just excited to get there and see what happens.
Inside Pitch: Describe your repertoire. What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What is your best pitch and what do you think needs more work?
Shaw: My fastball is usually 88-92 MPH. I think when I locate my fastball—and I think this is true with any pitcher—a well located fastball is the best pitch a pitcher can have. I think I have three other good pitches too. I have a changeup which I throw 80-81 that looks like a fastball; it has good movement on it. I throw a slider which is probably 81-84 MPH and is something I use as a strikeout pitch that I like to start in the zone and have drop out to get hitters chasing. I also throw a curveball which is probably 72-75 MPH and that's something I use to throw for strikes early in the count to get ahead when the hitters aren't expecting it. I think when I locate my fastball that's my top pitch.
Inside Pitch: To give Mets fans and our readers a bit of a visualization of what you look like on the mound, is there a current big leaguer whose style you are similar to?
Shaw: It's really not something I've thought about a lot. I grew up a White Sox fans so I follow them a lot, but I think I kind of compare to, or do some of the same things as, Gavin Floyd. He throws four pitches similar to mine and pitches with the same idea.
Inside Pitch: What would you say was your best moment in baseball so far?
Shaw: I would say getting drafted by the Mets. That was the best day of my baseball career.
Inside Pitch: As you probably know, New York is known for its high-intensity baseball atmosphere. What do you think of the prospects of one day playing in New York?
Shaw: I look forward to that, especially in the new stadium. It'll be a great opportunity to pitch in that park which I hear is going to be very pitcher-friendly which will help a pitcher like me. I look forward to everything it presents and getting underway to get there.
Inside Pitch: Now that the draft is behind you, is it your intention to just sign and get your career going immediately?
Shaw: Yea. I'm not trying to negotiate anything. I just want to get out there as soon as possible
Q&A with Mets 13th Round Pick Scott Shaw
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