Q&A 35th Round Pick, Lindsey Caughel

ITO interviews the Orioles 35th round draft pick, Junior Lindsey Caughel from Stetson University.

InsidetheOs.com: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by the Orioles

Lindsey Caughel: Surprised, I didn't expect to get picked up after Tueday and they said they drafted me. My friend texted me and congratulated me.

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

Caughel: I was in contact with a couple teams but I was pretty sure the Orioles were going to select me sometime.

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

Caughel: Not really to be honest, but I have been looking things up a little bit since I got drafted.

ITO: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please- what are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Caughel: I like to go right after people, throw strikes and try to be consistent that way and throw down the middle. I love to get ahead with the fastball that ranges in the 88-92 MPH range and throw off-speed pitches for strikes in fastball counts. I Challenge hitters with my curve ball, slider, changeup. I pitch more to contact than for strikeouts,

ITO: How was your final college season?

Caughel: I was injured in the beginning of the season. Big set back. Sprained ankle because I had a bone bruise and it took me a while to get back. Everything happens for a reason. I was happy with our season as a team. I just went out there and pitched quality starts.

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

Caughel: My favorite team growing up was the Atlanta Braves. I loved watching Chipper Jones but now I am going to be a big Orioles fan.

ITO: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Orioles' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound?

Caughel: I would think I am the right-handed version of Cliff Lee. Lee throws a lot of strikes and he is not overpowering. He Makes quality pitches down in the zone. I just pitch to my strengths and make the batter get himself out.

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

Caughel: It had to be high school baseball. It turned into a job even though its still fun. Frank Viola was my coach for three years. He is a great coach and we heard stories from big leagues all the time. Sophomore and Junior year gaining friendships that I still have today just made it all worth it.

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

Caughel: I don't plan on signing until the end of the summer. I want to talk to a bunch of people. Lots of things I have to go over and find out before signing.

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

Caughel: I Work hard, keep work ethic up and consistency the most. I want them to know what they will get out of me every time I step on the mound. Get a consistent performance. It's going to be a lot of strikes and me challenging hitters.

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