Andrew Milner: It was a great experience.
ITO: Where were you when you heard your name called?
Milner: I was in my living room with my parents just sitting there
ITO: Were you surprised it was the Orioles that selected you? Had you and the Orioles talked much before the draft?
Milner: Not really because I had heard from my area scout the day before giving me a heads up that they were going to try and get me the next day. The round was a little surprise but to be honest it was just great to have the experience.
ITO: Do you have any idea what the Orioles organization or farm system is like?
MIlner: I have done a little bit of research just to find out where the minor league teams are and everything else.
ITO: Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by the Orioles
Milner: I throw a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a slider and a change-up. When I was closing, I was hitting 90-93 and could jump up to 94-95. When I start, I sit around 88-91.
ITO: Have the Orioles talked to you about if they want you to be a starter or come in relief?
Milner: No, not really, they are coming to watch me start tonight so, maybe as a starter. I am ok doing whatever. (He plays in the Far West League for the Redding Colt .45s)
ITO: Would you consider yourself a pitch to contact pitcher or strikeout pitcher?
Milner: I am more of a pitch to contact type pitcher.
ITO: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
Milner: Yea, the Oakland As. My favorite was Jorge Posada
ITO: Talk to us about the mindset from a closer to a starter
Milner: As a starter I really try to focus on pacing myself, going deep into games and getting all my pitches working. When i come into close, I dont try to pace myself, I just throw hard and try to pitch for strikeouts.
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?
Milner: Yea, Joe Blanton
ITO: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Milner: Just sitting there with my family and hearing my name called during the draft. It was a great accomplishment for me and my family.
ITO: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
Milner: As of right now I am kind of playing it by ear, me and my family. We are just waiting to see what the offer is. See if it is the right opportunity to go in. I mean, I am a freshman and I do have three years of eligibility left but on the other hand, I am really looking forward to moving on to the next step in my career. (He spent his first year at University of Nevada Reno and redshirted.
ITO: What do you think you will bring to the Orioles organization?
Milner: I am a really fast paced tempo pitcher. I like to get back on the mound after every pitch and get my sign and go. I am a good teammate. I like picking my teammates up. I am never getting on them for anything, just picking them up and helping out. Overall, I am just a pretty laid back, relaxed nice guy, but overall I am a competitor and I like to win.