Sam Selman Interview

Sam Selman was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft out of Vanderbilt University. He signed quickly and made his professional debut within two weeks of being drafted. He pitched in 13 games (12 starts) and continued his late season success that he had with Vanderbilt. In fact, his numbers in Idaho Falls were better than his numbers at Vanderbilt.

In his 60.1 innings for Idaho Falls, he posted a 2.09 ERA, a WHIP of 1.11, and a sparkling 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

What is your pitching repertoire?

4-seam fastball, sits in low-to-mid 90s

2-seam fastball, sits in low-to-mid 90s

Slider/Slurve, sits in the mid 80s

Circle change, sits in the mid 80s.

What's your go-to pitch when you need a strikeout?

Sam likes to use his slider. He says it's a swing and miss pitch.

He also favors using the 4-seam fastball. That's the pitch he feels most comfortable throwing.

What do you need to work on most to continue your success?

Sam says that he needs to get more experience throwing his change-up, and he needs to do a better job of locating his slider.

In what level do you think/hope that you'll begin the year?

Sam will go where ever they ask him to go. He anticipates probably starting in Lexington, but he thinks there's an outside shot he could start in Wilmington.

In what level do you think/hope that you'll end the year?

Sam would love to be able to make it to Northwest Arkansas, but feels that it's more likely that he'll end the year in Wilmington.

Which hitters from Idaho Falls would you least like to pitch against?

Adalberto Mondesi

Ethan Chapman

After he told me he wouldn't want to face them, he raved about the defense they both provide. He said Mondesi has amazing footwork, especially considering that he was 16 or 17 years old, and Chapman "runs down everything" in centerfield.

In what major-league stadium do you most look forward to pitching?

Sam is really looking forward to "pitching in front of the fountains at Kauffman Stadium." He drew up in Texas, so he also looking forward to pitching on the road against the Astros and Rangers. Since he grew up an Astros fan, he really though Biggio should have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

Growing up, who helped you the most to get to where you are now?

Sam thinks all his pitching coaches helped him to get where he is now. He specifically mentioned his father, Mike Anderson, and Andrew Prater.

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