Q&A 29th Round Pick, Cameron Edman

ITO interviews the Orioles 29th round pick, Cameron Edman from Gonzaga University. Edman was a senior catcher who led the Bulldogs in batting. He hit .346 with 9 homers and 36 RBIs.

InsidetheOs: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Orioles?

Cameron Edman: I just jumped out of the air and the rest was just kind of a blur.

ITO: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Orioles?

Edman: I am a gap to gap hitter, doubles hitter, home runs occasionally. I had 23 doubles and nine homeruns so pretty solid offensive numbers. In terms of how I would fit in is that I am really excited to play for the O's. I was an infielder after high school and started all infield positions. Played everywhere in the infield. I started all four positions there at one point in my playing career, but because of shortage of players and the better catcher getting drafted I won the that spot and the rest is history.

ITO: What are your strengths?

Edman: I Talked to scouts and they said man you put up great numbers, worked hard behind the plate and looked good. I am 23 years old I feel like I am a veteran and my numbers have shown over the years.

ITO: Ever had a fear of getting run over as a catcher?

Edman: In college you can't run anyone over. I have no idea how it feels but it's a part of the game. Maybe if it eer happens to me I might change my opinion, but I can't really think about it. The ultimate goal is to just try to not let the runner score.

ITO: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Orioles' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Edman: I believe Buster Posey because he didn't convert to catcher until junior year of college. He put up better numbers then me but as far as athleticism and conversion too catcher we are similar and he also plays loose. I take catcher as a huge responsibility. Last year we had a down season and I took it upon myself to be a leader of the team. An interesting way to look at it is your facing everyone else but every one is facing you so it's very important to me.

ITO: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Orioles or were you surprised they selected you?

Edman: I had talked to a scout from the O's I was hoping to talk to some teams but I talked to a Marlins scout 10 min before getting drafted. Marlins were a possibility but the Orioles came calling so I was like let's do this I want to play ball.

ITO: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?

Edman: Even though I have played all the infield positions I would rather stay at catcher.

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

Edmon: In high school we won state and regional championships. In college, this season I went 5-5 against BYU with 3 home runs. In addition to the numbers its just the team companionship and the bonds that I had with everyone that make it so special.

ITO: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?

Edman: It was the Colorado Rockies! Some of my family is from there and we went to plenty of Rockies games. When they made a run in '07 it was pretty awesome and even the last couple of years they were good. Matt Holliday was my favorite player even though he is an outfielder. He is a really good Christian guy and I have a lot of respect for him.

ITO: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Orioles? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?

Edman: I plan on signing immediately and they are sending the contract early. I graduated from college and I am just looking to play ball

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