Padres Draft Interview: Jerry Sullivan

The San Diego Padres selected right-hander Jerry Sullivan in the third-round of the 2009 MLB Draft, 83rd overall. MadFriars.com caught up with the Oral Roberts alumnus to discuss his repertoire, how he has matured, and what drives him, among other topics.

Jerry Sullivan went 8-3 with a 3.12 ERA (34 ER/98.0 IP), 27 walks, 116 strikeouts and two complete games in 15 starts this season. A junior in 2009, he limited opponents to a .253 batting average while recording 10.65 strikeouts per 9.0 IP. Sullivan was named First-Team All-Summit League following the season.

Sullivan has a strong arm that throws in the low-90s and touches 95 mph with solid sink. Tommy John surgery in 2005 has led to a steady increase in velocity and control.

Not surprisingly, Sullivan has a quality changeup but needs to work on its consistency. He also throws a slider, which has room to grow as it lacks consistent bite.

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