Lone Star Dugout Q&A: Bobby Wilkins

The Rangers selected 6-foot-4 pitcher Bobby Wilkins in the sixth round on Friday following a senior season in which he posted a 1.01 ERA for San Diego's Valhalla High School. Lone Star Dugout has an exclusive interview with the big right-handed pitcher.

The Texas Rangers selected right-handed pitcher Bobby Wilkins with their first pick on the second day of the draft last Friday.

A sixth round pick, Wilkins is a native of San Diego and has signed with San Diego State University. Despite his commitment to the local school, the 6-foot-4 righty says that he expects to sign with the Rangers. Lone Star Dugout spoke with Wilkins shortly after he was drafted on Friday.

Jason Cole: Can you talk about what it means to you to be drafted by the Rangers?

Bobby Wilkins: It's a privilege. I've heard a lot about their programs through other scouts that have nothing but great things to say about them. I'm honestly at a loss of words right now because it's been a dream. It honestly has been a dream for me to play Major League Baseball. I'm just thrilled.

Cole: How much did you talk with the Rangers before they drafted you?

Wilkins: We talked a lot. They came in for a home visit and we talked to them for awhile. Probably two-and-a-half hours, maybe three hours. We also talked on the phone many times. There were a lot of long conversations about playing with them and talking about what it's going to take to get me to sign.

Cole: How much have you spoken to them since they drafted you?

Wilkins: I actually haven't talked to them yet. We've been at home with my family. We just had graduation too, so we're still celebrating. I'm going to call them tonight and I'm going to say thank you. Hopefully we talk a lot more after this happens.

Cole: What team did you follow while growing up?

Wilkins: I'd have to say the Padres because I'm from San Diego. I follow the hometown team, but my favorite team has always been the Boston Red Sox. It's been a mix between both of those teams.

Cole: What would you say has been the best moment of your baseball career so far?

Wilkins: Winning the championship last year. It was kind of like winning the state finals, except we don't have that in California. It's a championship game that San Diego actually put together. The two best teams play in that and we were able to win the championship. That was probably the greatest baseball moment of my life.

Cole: Were you happy with the way you pitched this year?

Wilkins: Yeah. It had its ups and downs, but overall I was pretty happy with it.

Cole: You signed with San Diego State University. What led you to sign with them?

Wilkins: They are the hometown team. My family can come out and watch. They laid a good offer out there for me to sign with them, so that's pretty much what led me there.

Cole: Can you talk about the chances of you signing with the Rangers versus going to school at San Diego State?

Wilkins: The chances are great. Most likely I'll sign with the Rangers. It just depends on the logistics of everything else that goes along with it.

Cole: Can you tell me about the pitches that you throw and the speeds you generally work at?

Wilkins: I throw a fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. My fastball is usually around 92, 93, or 94 miles per hour. My changeup is very good. It has a good difference in speed with the fastball. The curveball has some great late movement. I don't know what those other two pitches are clocked at.

Cole: What would you consider to be your best pitch and which could use the most work?

Wilkins: My best pitch is probably my fastball. That's the pitch I go with and I try to get guys out with it. The one pitch I need to work on is my changeup. It's a little too fast for my liking and for other people that I've talked to. I'm trying to work on getting it a little slower.

Cole: How do you think you developed as a pitcher during your senior year of high school?

Wilkins: I've matured a lot. Not just my size, but mentally too. The mental part of pitching is huge. Learning pitch sequences and trying to read hitters. That's mostly what I've grown into. I've grown into a real professional pitcher.


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