Pat Cantwell: It was a big shock. I was at practice and one of my buddy's girlfriends was watching the draft. She sent him a text and I didn't really have a chance to celebrate since I was at practice.
ITO: Talk about your game a bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Orioles?
Cantwell: I like to think of myself as a hard player. I like to get dirty and I'm not afraid of sliding. I can play pretty much anywhere so I go wherever the coach needs me.
ITO: What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
Cantwell: I would say my strengths are my defense and for my weaknesses, I lack a little power.
ITO: How about your defensive game?
Cantwell: I'm scrappy and behind the plate, I'm a decent blocker and I have a strong arm.
ITO: Who would you compare yourself to at the Major League level so Orioles fans have an idea of what your game is like?
Cantwell: I like the way Hunter Pence plays even though he's not a catcher.
ITO: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Orioles or were you surprised?
Cantwell: I was in contact with a scout but honestly, I wasn't expecting anything this year.
ITO: Do you see yourself staying at the same position you play or do you think you will be moved to another one?
Cantwell: I'm not really sure. I'd like to think of myself as fast so it wouldn't be a shock to move to the outfield.
ITO: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Cantwell: Probably being at NC State for regionals with my team last year.
ITO: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
Cantwell: The Yankees and Derek Jeter.
ITO: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted? Is your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
Cantwell: I need to talk it over with my parents and my college coach. I still haven't been called from the organization so I'll weigh the pros and cons and do what's best for me.