Q&A with Orioles 9th Rd Pick Brady Wager

The Baltimore Orioles selected RHP Brady Wager out of Grand Canyon University in the 9th round. The 6-foot-1 righty at down with ITO to talk about being drafted, the Orioles, his chances of signing and more.

Brady Wager, RHP--Selected 282nd overall (9th round)

1)Tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by the Orioles

I've been nervous all day. I was following the draft online and was just really excited to see my name pop up.

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

No I haven't really heard from them much today. I had heard that a couple teams were interested and I guess the Orioles beat everyone to it.

3)Do you have any idea what the Orioles organization or farm system is like?

No I don't really know too much about the organization. I've got someone coming over a little later and I'm sure he will tell me a little bit more details on the organization.

4)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?

I throw a fastball, which clocks in the low 90s. I would probably say that it's my biggest strength and go-to pitch, it has some movement and I usually use it against the better hitters. I also throw a change and slider, both of which come in at around 84-86 MPH.

5)Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

I've always been a Diamondbacks fan, and I'd probably say that Tony Womack was my favorite player when he was playing with the Diamondbacks. I've appreciated a lot of what players-especially pitchers-have done, but I don't really have any specific favorites other than Womack.

6)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?

I would compare myself to Brian Wilson. My fastball isn't quite up to his level, but just my competitiveness and personality are a lot like his on the mound.

7)What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

My senior year in high school we won the state championship. I pitched a full seven innings the day before and then went out and closed out the championship by striking out three straight batters.

8)Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?

Yes I'm ready to go.

9)What do you think you will bring to the Orioles organization?

More competition. I've looked at some of the other guys the Orioles have drafted so far and they seem to have themselves a pretty good recruiting class. I'm just ready to get out there and compete.

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