Q&A 45th Round Pick, Andrew Milner

ITO interviews the Orioles 45th round pick, RHP Andrew Milner from Feather River CC. This season, Milner was 3-0 witha 2.90 ERA. He appeared in 18 games, starting two. He pitched 31 innings striking out 44 and walking 16. Opponents hit .125 off of him

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

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 .45’s)

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 A’s. 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 don’t 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.

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