Q&A with Orioles 26th Rd Pick Lucas Herbst

The Baltimore Orioles selected CF Lucas Herbst from Santa Clara in the 26th round.

Lucas Herbst - 792nd pick overall (26th Round)

1)Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Orioles? What were you doing? What was the day like?

I got a text from the area scout for the Orioles that morning to let me know that I was still on the board for them. I was at breakfast with a few of my teammates. I got the text that said they were going to take me. My friends and I raced home and turned on the computer just in time to hear my name called.

It was definitely a surreal moment. It was a great moment to share with my teammates. It was a great time.

2) Were you anticipating it being the Orioles?

I was a little surprised. I only talked to them once during the season and talked to other teams more, so it was a little surprise but a great surprise.

3) What do you think changed about your game that made you a draft prospect as opposed to last year or coming out of high school?

I definitely matured at the plate. I was more consistent. I didn't put too much pressure on myself to perform. I just played my game. I think that really helped me in the draft process.

4) Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you defensively?

The Orioles have me listed as a centerfielder which I played mostly in high school and then a little first couple years here, but then I moved to right field. I am comfortable playing all the outfield positions

5)Tell us a little about your offensive game.

I am more of a top of the order type of guy, a spark plug, trying to get things going. Get on base, move over anyway I can, steal some bases. Just try to use my speed the best way I can.

6) What are some things defensively and offensively that you need to work on?

Always defensively you need to work on your reads. Coming to a wood bat now, it might come off differently than in college.

Offensively obviously the pitchers are going to be a little better, so being more consistent at the plate. Hitting your pitch and not the pitchers pitch. Hitting what you know you can drive.

7)Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Orioles' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

I would say when he was healthy, I looked up to Grady Sizemore.

8)Were you expecting to be drafted by the Orioles or were you surprised they selected you?

I was expecting a little sooner. I got a call in the 9th round from the Indians. I thought something would come on the second day but it didn't. I am just ecstatic for this opportunity to play.

9)Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?

We didn't really talk about position. We just talked about flight schedule and where I will be heading.

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

I would say either coming out of high school and signing and playing Division 1 baseball, because that was my dream before being drafted, or our first weekend this year, heading down to Texas in the Bobcat Invitation tournament and we won that tournament and to start the season with three wins was great.

11)Who was your favorite team growing up?

I have always been a Giants fan.

12)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 will be heading out to Aberdeen on the 17th.

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