Q&A 39th Round Pick, Pat Cantwell

ITO interviews the Orioles 39th round pick, catcher Pat Cantwell from Stony Brook University. This season he hit .308 with 23 RBI. He also stole 11 bases in 14 attempts. He started all 54 games for Stony Brook.

Insidetheos.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Orioles?

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.

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