2012 MLB Draft Q & A: Jake Barrett

Our 2012 MLB Draft Q & A series continues with an interview with Arizona State pitcher Jake Barrett. Barrett was previously drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the third round of the 2009 draft and is ranked by Frankie Piliere as the #60 draft prospect this year. Inside Barrett talks about his approach on the mound and how he feels about closing, gives advice to prep draft prospects and much more.

Rays Digest: What would a scouting report on you look like? What kind of pitches do you throw and at what speed?

Jake Barrett: I think a scouting report on me would say that I like to attack hitters with an aggressive mindset not holding anything back. I throw a fastball at about 94-98 [mph] touching 99 and 100 occassionally. My slider is at about 85-87 [mph] average. My change up is at 80 mph range and I throw a splitter that is at about 85 mph.

Rays Digest: What is your approach on the mound like? How do you go about attacking hitters?

Jake Barrett: My approach on the mound is almost the same towards any batter I face. I tend to feel for the batter's weaknesses, then go about attacking that right away while not fearing anyone as I rear back and throw all my pitches with confidence.

Rays Digest: What does your workout routine look like during the season and in the off-season?

Jake Barrett: My training during the season consists of lifting several times a week depending on when I throw. Off-season lifting is usually every other day with ASU's lifting program that they have for us. On and off season, I run every day ,whether it's long distance or sprints, because it keeps me in shape.

Rays Digest: Coming out of high school you were considered a starter, but during your time at Arizona State you were moved to the bullpen. What has the transition to becoming a closer been like for you?

Jake Barrett: The transition to a closer role from starting has been good for me. I really don't care either way . I was the closer for the 18U National team in 2008 and enjoyed the rush. So I have the experience either way.

Rays Digest: Could you imagine going back to starting or are you locked in to staying in the bullpen?

Jake Barrett: I am not locked into anything. I like starting and closing. The way I look at it is, whatever the team needs me to do, I will do. I just want to throw.

Rays Digest: In 2009 you were selected in the third round by the Toronto Blue Jays. What made you decide to play college ball instead?

Jake Barrett: The main reason why I wanted to go to college was because I wanted to go play for Coach Pat Murphy and experience one of the best programs in the country.

Rays Digest: What made you choose Arizona State over other schools during your high school senior year?

Jake Barrett: I chose ASU over the others because it's my hometown school.

Rays Digest: What advice would you give to players in high school looking ahead at the draft trying to decide whether to sign or go to college?

Jake Barrett: The advice that I would give to high school players is to think hard about your decision, because it's not an easy one. Some people don't do well in school so that may scare them off. For me, I feel experiencing the college life is the way to go, because it's a lot of fun and you mature so much more on and off the field.

Rays Digest: Now that it's time for your name to be called at the draft again, what kind of things are you looking for in a team that decides to draft you?

Jake Barrett: As far as a team, I'm looking for anyone that takes a chance on me and allows me to prove all of the false and negative gossip about me wrong. I don't have a preference, I just want to play ball and work hard to reach my goal to get to the big leagues.

Rays Digest: Who have been the biggest influences on your career? Is there a particular person that has helped you along the way?

Jake Barrett: My mother, my uncle, and coach Jeff Forney have been the biggest influences in my life. Of course my mom, because she sacrificed alot to get me to where I am. My uncle Brent and Jeff Forney because they taught me so much about the game from a very young age.

Rays Digest: What is your favorite MLB team? Is there a specific player you look up to?

Jake Barrett: Growing up my family were all big Dodgers fans, so I would say the Dodgers have been a favorite . The player I look up to is Jonathon Broxton. [He's] a bigger guy like me who loves to attack the hitters and fears none.



Marc Nemcik is the MLB Draft correspondent for Rays Digest. You can follow him on Twitter at @marcnemcik

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