Q&A with 2010 3rd Round Pick Blake Forsythe

With their third round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected catcher Blake Forsythe out of the University of Tennessee. Inside Pitch caught up with Forsythe to talk about his draft process, his college days in the SEC, the strongest parts of his game and much more.

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InsidePitchMagazine.com: What was your reaction to being selected and when you found out it was the Mets that drafted you?

Blake Forsythe: I was definitely excited. It's what I dreamed about my whole life, getting the chance to play pro ball. I'm really grateful that the Mets decided to pick me and I'm really looking forward to getting out there and going through the organization and doing the best I can.

Inside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets that drafted you? Did you have any discussions with the Mets leading up to the draft?

Forsythe: Yea, I talked to them a couple times. They called me (the night before the draft) and asked me a few things about signability and what not. I had a good conversation with them so I had a little bit of an idea, but you know how the draft goes in that you never know what's going to happen until it does happen. The day came, they called my name, and it was just a lot of excitement and happiness.

Inside Pitch: Did you get a feel at all of what the Mets organization is like during your talks with the club?

Forsythe: I hadn't really looked into it that much. I haven't really done much research into any team's farm system. But now that they drafted me I'll definitely learn more about it especially when I talk to them in the next week. I know they'll fill me in with everything I need to know and I'm just looking forward to going out there and do what I can.

Inside Pitch: You played your college ball in a very competitive conference in the SEC. How do you feel your amateur days prepared you to make this jump?

Forsythe: I think I'm very well prepared coming out of what I think is the best conference in the nation in the SEC. I competed in that league and every year the league gave me plenty of things to improve on, and I expect to continue doing that in pro ball. I want to improve every day I'm out there and I don't expect that to change at the next level. I think it's definitely prepared me being in the SEC and handling my pitching staff playing at that level. Hopefully, it'll have me ready to go.

Inside Pitch: Did you have any expectations of where you would go in the draft? Did you have a range of rounds in mind?

Forsythe: A lot of people talked and a lot of people talked about the top three to five rounds. I just went off that. I didn't have any high expectations or low expectations. I went in pretty even keel about it and just wanted to let everything happen. The Mets ended up picking me and I'm very happy about that.

Inside Pitch: Let's get to your game. What areas do you think are your strongest and opposite that what areas do you think need more work?

Forsythe: I think I have a good knowledge of the game. I've been through it for a long time and I've had a lot of people ahead of me who have taught me a lot of valuable things. My brother is playing pro ball right now (for the Padres) and he's taught me a lot. Also, from my personal experience I think I've got a strong feel for the game and that's something very important to have.

From a mechanical standpoint, I think there is room for me to improve in all aspects of my game. I'm just a guy that doesn't get satisfied in any one area so I'm always going to try and improve on whatever I can. Anything that can push me to the next level is going to be something I'm going to work on. I'm just going to keep working and see if I can get to my full potential and go from there.

Inside Pitch: Being a catcher, you're involved so much in the mental part of the game. Can you speak to the mental side of the game for you as someone behind the plate and working with the pitchers?

Forsythe: Being a catcher, it's a tough position and it's why guys generally don't become pitchers. But it's something I love to do. It keeps me in the ballgame all the time. I've got to be focused and I can't take a pitch off because I'm involved in every pitch. I've got the responsibility of keeping my pitchers focused, the infield and outfield to. You're pretty much charge of the whole field as a catcher. I've got a lot of responsibility and leadership and I like to take that in stride. I think that makes me a better ballplayer if I'm doing as much I can within the game. I love being behind the plate.

Inside Pitch: Is there a catcher out there today whose style you really like and who you may take a few things from to help your own game?

Forsythe: I am a really big fan of the game, so when I'm watching big leaguers play I take bits and pieces from everyone. I look at certain catchers like Yadier Molina and the way he keeps runners on and takes advantage of his arm strength and how he controls the running game. I like the way Jorge Posada carries himself and handles everybody with a great professional approach. Those are big name guys, but it's not always those guys. It can be guys a little bit older than me or guys I've played against. If I see something someone does really well, and I can pick up on it and improve my game, that's what I'm going to do.

Inside Pitch: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

Forsythe: I would have to say the Atlanta Braves. I have liked the Braves longer than I can even remember, so now I guess I'm a Mets fans. There are a lot of Braves fans in this area, but I'm a Met now. They're in my hard and I'm going to love their system.

Inside Pitch: Have you given any thought yet to the prospect of one day playing in New York?

Forsythe: Absolutely, that's my goal. I don't plan on making a career in the minor leagues. I plan on getting to the big leagues as soon and as fast as I can. I'm going to do everything I can to improve my game and everything I need to do to get to the big leagues. When I get there, we'll take it from there. I have no problems suiting up for the Mets.

Inside Pitch: Is it your intention to get signed and start your career right away?

Forsythe: I just want to get out there and get playing as soon as I can. The business side comes now and we'll work it out and go from there, but other than that I'm ready to play. I don't want to sit around. This is what I do, this is what I love and that's playing baseball. The quicker I get out there is better for me.

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\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: What was your reaction to being selected and when you found out it was the Mets that drafted you?
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\r\nBlake Forsythe: I was definitely excited. It's what I dreamed about my whole life, getting the chance to play pro ball. I'm really grateful that the Mets decided to pick me and I'm really looking forward to getting out there and going through the organization and doing the best I can.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets that drafted you? Did you have any discussions with the Mets leading up to the draft?
\r\n
\r\nForsythe: Yea, I talked to them a couple times. They called me (the night before the draft) and asked me a few things about signability and what not. I had a good conversation with them so I had a little bit of an idea, but you know how the draft goes in that you never know what's going to happen until it does happen. The day came, they called my name, and it was just a lot of excitement and happiness.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Did you get a feel at all of what the Mets organization is like during your talks with the club?
\r\n
\r\nForsythe: I hadn't really looked into it that much. I haven't really done much research into any team's farm system. But now that they drafted me I'll definitely learn more about it especially when I talk to them in the next week. I know they'll fill me in with everything I need to know and I'm just looking forward to going out there and do what I can.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: You played your college ball in a very competitive conference in the SEC. How do you feel your amateur days prepared you to make this jump?
\r\n
\r\nForsythe: I think I'm very well prepared coming out of what I think is the best conference in the nation in the SEC. I competed in that league and every year the league gave me plenty of things to improve on, and I expect to continue doing that in pro ball. I want to improve every day I'm out there and I don't expect that to change at the next level. I think it's definitely prepared me being in the SEC and handling my pitching staff playing at that level. Hopefully, it'll have me ready to go.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Did you have any expectations of where you would go in the draft? Did you have a range of rounds in mind?
\r\n
\r\nForsythe: A lot of people talked and a lot of people talked about the top three to five rounds. I just went off that. I didn't have any high expectations or low expectations. I went in pretty even keel about it and just wanted to let everything happen. The Mets ended up picking me and I'm very happy about that.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Let's get to your game. What areas do you think are your strongest and opposite that what areas do you think need more work?
\r\n
\r\nForsythe: I think I have a good knowledge of the game. I've been through it for a long time and I've had a lot of people ahead of me who have taught me a lot of valuable things. My brother is playing pro ball right now (for the Padres) and he's taught me a lot. Also, from my personal experience I think I've got a strong feel for the game and that's something very important to have.
\r\n
\r\nFrom a mechanical standpoint, I think there is room for me to improve in all aspects of my game. I'm just a guy that doesn't get satisfied in any one area so I'm always going to try and improve on whatever I can. Anything that can push me to the next level is going to be something I'm going to work on. I'm just going to keep working and see if I can get to my full potential and go from there.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Being a catcher, you're involved so much in the mental part of the game. Can you speak to the mental side of the game for you as someone behind the plate and working with the pitchers?
\r\n
\r\nForsythe: Being a catcher, it's a tough position and it's why guys generally don't become pitchers. But it's something I love to do. It keeps me in the ballgame all the time. I've got to be focused and I can't take a pitch off because I'm involved in every pitch. I've got the responsibility of keeping my pitchers focused, the infield and outfield to. You're pretty much charge of the whole field as a catcher. I've got a lot of responsibility and leadership and I like to take that in stride. I think that makes me a better ballplayer if I'm doing as much I can within the game. I love being behind the plate.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Is there a catcher out there today whose style you really like and who you may take a few things from to help your own game?
\r\n
\r\nForsythe: I am a really big fan of the game, so when I'm watching big leaguers play I take bits and pieces from everyone. I look at certain catchers like Yadier Molina and the way he keeps runners on and takes advantage of his arm strength and how he controls the running game. I like the way Jorge Posada carries himself and handles everybody with a great professional approach. Those are big name guys, but it's not always those guys. It can be guys a little bit older than me or guys I've played against. If I see something someone does really well, and I can pick up on it and improve my game, that's what I'm going to do.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
\r\n
\r\nForsythe: I would have to say the Atlanta Braves. I have liked the Braves longer than I can even remember, so now I guess I'm a Mets fans. There are a lot of Braves fans in this area, but I'm a Met now. They're in my hard and I'm going to love their system.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Have you given any thought yet to the prospect of one day playing in New York?
\r\n
\r\nForsythe: Absolutely, that's my goal. I don't plan on making a career in the minor leagues. I plan on getting to the big leagues as soon and as fast as I can. I'm going to do everything I can to improve my game and everything I need to do to get to the big leagues. When I get there, we'll take it from there. I have no problems suiting up for the Mets.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Is it your intention to get signed and start your career right away?
\r\n
\r\nForsythe: I just want to get out there and get playing as soon as I can. The business side comes now and we'll work it out and go from there, but other than that I'm ready to play. I don't want to sit around. This is what I do, this is what I love and that's playing baseball. The quicker I get out there is better for me.
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