Padres Draft Interview: Jorge Reyes

Jorge Reyes has Scott Boras as an advisor, which could make him a tough sign for the San Diego Padres. Still, they would love to add his arm to the stable given his solid repertoire.

Congratulations you got drafted by the Padres in the 17th-round. Can you talk a little bit about that and the feeling that it gave you when you saw your name go across the board.

Jorge Reyes: I actually wasn't watching it. The guy called me and I thought it was going to be some more questions but he said, ‘Congratulations we just picked you up.' and that was pretty exciting. That's what I'd been waiting for all day so that was cool.

Talk a little bit about your game and your style of play on the mound. What kind of pitcher do you see yourself as?

Jorge Reyes: I don't throw the ball really hard. I know that there are guys out there that throw in the mid-90s. I sit around in the low-90s, 91-92. I'm a sinker guy. I like throwing hard in and my slider is my out pitch, just aggressiveness and I try to get a lot of ground ball outs.

Is there a trait that some one seeing you for the first time might not notice, but they probably should know?

Jorge Reyes: Someone whose just watching me for the first time might see my body size [I'm kind of small] they might think I'm just another average pitcher, but they don't know how aggressive I am. After you see me a few times you can see the passion that I have for the game and I just enjoy being out on the ballpark, and people notice that after awhile.

You mentioned your fastball being 90, 91, 92, and that it had a little bit of sink on it. Talk a little bit about your secondary pitches and when you use them.

Jorge Reyes: Coming into college, I didn't have a changeup because in high school I just threw fastballs. But when I got to college Coach Spencer taught me to throw changeups and Coach Yadiz all followed me in throwing changeups and I guess I try to pack heat with the fastball and changeups to left-handers and off-speed counts. Sometimes I try to throw a changeup when there's an off-speed count to get the guy off guard and sliders I pretty much throw whenever I want. I like going backdoor with it to left-handers and a lot of people on a 3-2 count expect a fastball and I can throw a slider for a strike. Sliders I throw whenever I want. Fastballs I try to throw first pitch and in late in the count.

What do you think you need to improve to take your game to the next level?

Jorge Reyes: I think I need to work on my changeup a little more, and the aggressiveness, the competitiveness I play with isn't always there. There are days when I go out there and I just feel unstoppable and go out there fast paced and some days where things don't go exactly as I would like them to and I get a little down, I think that if I could get that consistency with the aggressiveness and just go out there and play hard like I know that I can then things will work out for me.

Is there a pitcher in the major leagues that you emulate, or aspire to be like?

Jorge Reyes: I don't watch enough MLB. I'm sure that there are a ton of arms out there that people can compare me to but I think when I watch Josh Beckett pitch, there's always that look in his eye, just fearless and aggressive. When he was in the playoffs the last couple of years it looks like he's thinking, ‘No one can get a hit off me.' He just spots up. He throws a lot harder than I do, but he's a great pitcher and I'd just like to be like him one day. Jake Peavy he goes out there and works hard every day. Those guys are just amazing. I sit down and watch videos sometimes and see what they do that can help my game.

You got to pitch in the College World Series and obviously things didn't work out this year, but talk a little bit about that experience and how its helped you mature.

Jorge Reyes: Being at Oregon State for three years, I've had three different coaches and have learned a lot from all three of them. Going to the College World Series, pitching in that kind of atmosphere really says something and after pitching there and its really exciting and it kind of gets you ready to pitch in front of different kinds of fans. Pitching in those competitions is fun and you learn from everything.

Did you get a chance to talk to guys like Mitch Canham and Dan Robertson?

Jorge Reyes: Yeah Daniel called me before. I saw I had a missed call and it was him before I even got my call from the Padres guy and he left me a message telling me to ‘either tear it up in Eugene or see him down in Fort Wayne where he's playing.'

Then I talked to Mitch who said, ‘Tell them to send me to Double-A with me so I can make you a big leaguer.' He said, ‘cDongratulations' and I told him that ‘I had a little way to catch up to him and we'll see how that works.'

How nice is it to have those two guys as well as to go in with Adalberto Santos, who got drafted in the 35th-round by San Diego?

Jorge Reyes: It's kind of cool. I just called Adalberto after he texted me and told me that he got picked up. I just said ‘congratulations' and it's kind of cool if he goes and I go together. And with Daniel being there its cool. He knows the ropes. He knows his way around. As far as Mitch being up there, I'm sure that he's got his advice. When I started Oregon State, he let me live at his house and he's a great guy.

I think I read a story somewhere about your grandfather bringing a goat with him to the College World Series?

Jorge Reyes: My family is one of the most important things to me, and all of my decision making was based on family, everybody that's a part of my life and a big part of this whole experience. My mom and dad who said that they would support me either way and they're really excited. It was kind of cool for them to experience this. As far as the goat thing goes, we went down to Mexico and that was a great meal we had. My grandpa went down to Omaha and he kind of missed that Mexican food, so he brought a little bit of that with him.

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