Q&A 3rd Round Pick, Mike Wright

The Orioles used their third round draft pick on Junior RHP Mike Wright from ECU. Wright was 6-4 this season with a 2.79 ERA. He started 16 games. Pitched 100 innings, struck out 75 and walked 30.

Insidetheos.com: Tell us what is going through you mind about being selected by the Orioles

Mike Wright: I didn't really expected to be drafted by the Orioles but they're my new favorite team and it's close to home. I'm just excited. It's awesome to be drafted.

ITO: Were you surprised it was the Orioles that selected you? Had you and the Orioles talked much before the draft?

Wright: I've talked to them but from what I understood a lot of other teams ahead liked me. I knew the Orioles liked me though.

ITO: Do you have any idea what the Orioles organization or farm system is like?

Wright: Not really. I looked it up briefly and noticed there were teams close to home.

ITO: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Wright: I throw mostly fastball, change up and slider. I got my fastball up to 96 this year but most hit 91-94. I plan on working on being more consistent and being the best I can be and work my way to the top. I don't want to be in minors forever. I want to help the big team win because that's what it's about.

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

Wright: My favorite was the Braves because I got to watch them a lot on television. I knew the Braves didn't have me high on their list and I'm taking pride on the team that picked me up.

ITO: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Wright: My freshman year, the only win I had as a freshman was the win against South Carolina in the championship and my fastball hit 94. I came in with bases loaded and one out. I got big strike out and a big grounder. We came back to tie up and won the game.

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

Wright: Yes. Absolutely.

ITO: What do you think you will bring to the Orioles organization?

Wright: I bring a competitive nature. I have lots of pride and right now the Orioles are what I'm focused on and helping them win.

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