ITW: Where are you committed to play?
Joe Yermal: UNC-Charlotte
ITW: How important is it for you to attend college and play college baseball?
Joe Yermal: It's important, but with the draft just happening and my name getting called, I obviously want to think about professional, too. But, getting an education is important. I just want to make the right decision before I do anything else.
ITW: Has the coach at the college given you an idea of how he wants to use you (ie as a starter/reliever)?
Joe Yermal: Actually, they haven't. They only said that they're excited to have me down, but they have not made any mention of starter or reliever yet.
ITW: Do you have an advisor?
Joe Yermal: Yes. His name is Rick Oliver.
ITW: Who did you grow up rooting for in the major leagues?
Joe Yermal: I've been an Orioles fan all my life.
ITW: Do you model your game after anybody?
Joe Yermal: I actually don't. I love watching old footage from Nolan Ryan, but I don't have a person who I get my game from. Nolan Ryan, he's a guy I like watching a lot, pitching wise.
ITW: Did you know the Orioles were looking at you?
Joe Yermal: I did. I knew that they had interest and we had talked before the draft and they had made mention that they wanted to make a run to select me. And, sure enough, they did.
ITW: What are the different pitches you throw?
Joe Yermal: I throw just a fastball, changeup, and curveball.
ITW: At what velocities do you throw your pitches?
Joe Yermal: I won't give the velocity yet because I haven't been gunned in a while since high school, so I actually couldn't tell you on that one.
ITW: What is your out pitch?
Joe Yermal: The changeup. Growing up, I used to throw the changeup a lot more than the curveball, so I have a lot of command on that, better than the curveball, but we're working on my curveball.
ITW: Has anyone from the organization contacted you yet?
Joe Yermal: Not yet.
ITW: Have you decided on college or professional ball yet?
Joe Yermal: No. I'm actually still waiting to hear from the Orioles and, like I said, I want to think everything through before I make the decision on what I want to do, and the decision will definitely be the right one.
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