Q&A 33rd Round Pick, Sander Beck

ITO interviews the Orioles 33rd round pick, Sander Beck from the University of Maryland. The junior right handed pitcher was 2-5 this season with a 5.59 ERA. He appeared in 13 games, starting 11. He pitched 58 innings striking out 58 and walking 50.

InsidetheO's: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by the Orioles

Beck: Well they called me before the draft which was great. I was extremely excited to find out I was drafted by Baltimore especially having been raised in Maryland. It was definitely an emotional moment especially preparing for it the past year and hearing your name called is an honor.

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

Beck: I talked to around 10 to 15 teams but I didn't have a great year so I was setting on the possibility of not getting drafted. I expected the worst and hoped for the best.

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

Beck: I grew up going to Bowie Baysox games and I know where all the teams are based. Most of the teams are in state. Bowie, Frederick, Delmarva.

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?

Beck: I throw a 4-seam fast ball, slider, change up and am developing a cutter.

My fastball ranges around 89-92 MPH and has topped at 95. The Slider is in the high 70's to low 80's and change up about the same low 80's. One of my big things is I like to pitch off the fast ball and bury the slider late. The Strike out pitch is for sure the slider. If my slider is going well I strike people out. It all depends on that pitch because my command isn't always there with it so that is something I will have to work on as I go along.

ITO: Favorite player?

Beck: Mike Mussina. I gravitated towards pitching and I loved watching him as a Baltimore Orioles.

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? and why?

Beck: I like Roy Halladay, although I wouldn't compare myself to him, but because he throws strikes with multiple pitches and has a great routine on the mound, he is a pitcher I love to watch and want to emulate.

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

Beck: I threw a no hitter and I struck out the side in ninth inning. It was Pretty cool everyone was supportive and celebrating with me. There was a play made by the left-fielder in the first inning in which he made a great diving catch down the LF line. Every no hitter has a defining play and that was the big one there.

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

Beck: I am about 50-50 with signing. I feel like I am in a good situation with no bad outcome. I can't guarantee I am going to sign. I need to talk to my family and evaluate the best opportunity. It is a possibility I could get my degree and get drafted higher next season.

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

Beck: I am a pretty hard worker. I can bring a lot in terms of intangibles. I love to compete and win and being an Orioles fan I am tired of seeing them losing. I can bring a winning mentality. I am a good pitcher and do whatever it takes to help the team win.

ITO: Is it your intention to sign right away, or what are your plans?

Beck: I'll be playing in the Cal Ripken League and they are going to develop me and if it goes well they will decide if they offer me or not.

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