Joel Hutter - 312th pick overall (10th Round)
1)Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Orioles?
It is a dream come true. I had been working for years to get drafted. I really liked the Orioles organization and was really hoping that they would draft me. I really like the scouts, their parks and how they do things. It was really a whirlwind 24 hours, after we lost and then to get selected, I mean it was an unbelievable feeling.
2)Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Orioles?
I am humble, so this is new to me. I think I am just a hard working grinder. When I play my best, I am just having fun and not really worried about the outcome and am just focused on my teammates. I want to win the game as a team first and then any other success after that is a bonus. I work my butt off, I hit in the cages, I take extra groundballs. I am the kind of guy that when practice is over, I still want to be there and get some work done. I want to be at the ball field. I love playing baseball. If I want to get better, or take my mind off of other things, I will go down and hit. I just love baseball.
3)How do you see yourself fitting in with the Orioles?
I don't know where I will be or what's going to happen. Right now I just know they want me to play shortstop, so I am just going to go out there and do whatever they want me to do and have fun and play the game that I love
4)Tell us a little about your offensive game.
I swing hard. People always told me if you swing hard, you are bound to hit something. I think my hand eye coordination helps me with that. I really don't swing and miss at pitches which is a good thing and a bad thing. I think I can hit to all fields with power. I need to improve recognizing pitches though.
5)How about your defensive game?
I have a strong arm and soft hands. I think I have soft enough hands to play short, and I guess the Orioles do too. At shortstops you have to be good with your feet, field the ball and be smooth. I may not be the fastest guy or have the most range. I may not make a ton of spectacular plays but I am very consistent and I trust my hands and my feet. I can make most all the plays that are hit around me.
I need to work on my range and speed at the next level. My range was good for the college level, but that needs to improve. The reality is, I need to improve everywhere. I want to be better with my hands, get a stronger arm, I want my first couple steps to be powerful, stay fluid with my hands, just as good with my backhand as I am with my forehand. There are just a ton of areas I want to improve.
6)Were you expecting to be drafted by the Orioles or were you surprised they selected you?
I was hoping it was going to be them. They had offered me to come out to Baltimore and workout in a Pre-Draft showcase at Camden Yards, so I knew they had a lot of interest. I had not heard from them in a couple of weeks so I wasn't sure if they were going another route. I was super excited when I got the call.
7)What was is about your game that developed to the point of you becoming a draft prospect?
I don't know. I feel like I matured and figured out the type of player I was. All up until this year, I was very emotional and tried to be perfect. It is hard to play that way when there is so much failure in the game. I tried to have fun but I was putting too much stress on myself.
8) Where did scouts first starting following you?
I think it was my junior season. Jason Kriznan was a big draft guy and all the scouts were coming to see him in the second half of the season and fortunately for me, the second half of the year for me last year was my best part of the year. I guess when scouts where there seeing Jason, I played well and they decided to keep an eye on me. I think I just developed into a better player over the year.
9)Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
9)What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
Probably when we went to the Super Regionals last year. Dog piling at TCU after we won the Regionals was just awesome.
10)Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria are my favorite players now. Ken Griffey Jr. was my favorite player growing up. They are great players day in and day out. I followed the Cubs just because of where I grew up. I follow the Rangers now because I am in Texas now.
11)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?
I hope the negotiation process isn't long. I don't want to get involved in the business stuff so I just leave that to the people who are in charge of that. Hopefully I can just get that settled, keep going and get playing.