Padres Draft Interview: Wynn Pelzer

He is the lone Gamecock selected in this year's draft that has yet to sign, Wynn Pelzer felt he left something on the table as a junior and is out in the Cape Cod League trying to show the Padres he is a better pitcher than they actually saw.

Tell me what is going through your mind right now after being selected by a team like the Padres.

Wynn Pelzer: It's exciting. It's a cliché, but it's like a dream come true. A dream I've been working (on) for five to six years.

Were you surprised it was the Padres that selected you? I mean, had you and the Padres talked much before the draft?

Wynn Pelzer: During the draft, I was watching it online. There were other teams thinking about selecting me. So it was kind of surprising. Any team's great really.

Do you have any idea what the Padres' organization or farm system is like? How do you fit in the system?

Wynn Pelzer: I talked to the area scout a couple times, Pete DeYoung, but other than that it was like him and me talking, that's it. Feeling each other out. Even though we had been talking before, it was still a surprise when they picked me. After talking with DeYoung, it pretty much felt like a Midwestern team. He was explaining to me how they want to build depth in the minor leagues. He thinks I could form part of that. He thinks I can be part of a successful team for many years.

Talk about your stuff if you don't mind. What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?

Wynn Pelzer: I throw a 92-95 MPH fast ball, an 84-87 slider, an 82-84 splitter. That's mainly what I throw.

Which is your favorite to throw?

Wynn Pelzer: I like throwing my slider. It's my most consistent pitch. I know I need to work on some things but I know it's my slider.

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

Wynn Pelzer: Growing up, I liked Alfonso Soriano because I played outfield in high school before I came to college. I pitched in high school but it wasn't my primary position. I was still raw. In high school, I was a better catcher and an outfielder, but I didn't start pitching until I got to college so I'm still learning.

How would you compare your stuff to the Major League level so Padres' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?

Wynn Pelzer: I don't really know. I like to try to have fun out there but be as focused as possible. I'm a big kid; I like to have fun out there. If you take it as a grind or a job, you don't have fun. I have fun every time I step on the field.

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

Wynn Pelzer: My best moment was last year in the Charlotte Field Regional in NCAA post season. It advanced our team into super regionals. We beat Evansville in a game where I struck out nine batters and only gave up one run. This game was important to me so I told the coach I wanted the ball. And I performed well.

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

Wynn Pelzer: Best case scenario, yeah. But, I think I still need some work to get done. It's a great opportunity, and I don't want to pass it up, but I still need to adapt some things for pro baseball. But it's still me and the Padres working at that right now.

Do you play any other sports or have any hobbies?

Wynn Pelzer: I played football in high school. I was quarterback in high school but right now my main concentration is baseball.

Do you think the pressures of moving away from home might be a problem?

Wynn Pelzer: No. It's just going to be a new challenge and an opportunity to meet new people. Being able to experience new things. You got to move on our move out. It's a natural thing in life.

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