Q&A with Red Sox 2nd Rd Pick Jamie Callahan

The Boston Red Sox selected right-handed pitcher Jamie Callahan out of Dillon High School in South Carolina in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft. We sat down with him for a draft day Q&A session to get his thoughts on being drafted by the Red Sox, to get an idea on his pitches, if he intends on signing right away, and much more.

DiehardMagazine.com: First off congratulations. Can you tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Red Sox?

Jamie Callahan: Um, I was shocked. You know, I was shocked that it was happening. It was amazing, the best feeling in the world.

DiehardMagazine.com: Were you surprised it was the Red Sox that selected you? Had you and the Red Sox talked much before the draft?

Callahan: I was surprised. It came out of now where really.

DiehardMagazine.com: Do you have any idea what the Red Sox organization or farm system is like?

Callahan: You know I don't really. I have a general idea of the places I might be going but other than that that's about all I know.

DiehardMagazine.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?

Callahan: My fastball usually ranges somewhere between 90-94 and I've touched 95. That's throwing four-seam and two-seam. I throw a changeup, I don't know that right offspeed, if I had to say it is probably somewhere around 75-80. My slider is probably 83 maybe and my curveball is somewhere along 77-79.

DiehardMagazine.com: What are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?

Callahan: I need to work on the most, developing my changeup more and the way I attack hitters, you know how to get hitters out. I need to learn how to get hitters out.

DiehardMagazine.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

Callahan: Living around here it's kind of the Braves. You get the Braves on TV so you watch the Braves. You know of course John Smoltz pitched for the Braves so I always enjoyed watching him throw.

DiehardMagazine.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Sox' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?

Callahan: That's hard I really don't know how to answer that question. I can't say I can compare myself to a major leaguer. I really don't know off the top of my head.

DiehardMagazine.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Callahan: I'd say every moment that I cross over that white line and step into the field of play, that's my greatest moment. Just being out there. That's where I want to be, that's my dream you know, every time I cross that line I'm stepping into my reality out there.

DiehardMagazine.com: Would being drafted get ranked pretty high up there?

Callahan: Oh yeah that too! That's another big one.

DiehardMagazine.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?

Callahan: I'm not sure right now at this second. You know we're still in the process of not knowing what's going to happen. Just enjoying this, that's the big thing. Hearing my name being called was a tears of joy kind of thing.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: First off congratulations. Can you tell us what is going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Red Sox?
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\r\nJamie Callahan: Um, I was shocked. You know, I was shocked that it was happening. It was amazing, the best feeling in the world.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Were you surprised it was the Red Sox that selected you? Had you and the Red Sox talked much before the draft?
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\r\nCallahan: I was surprised. It came out of now where really.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Do you have any idea what the Red Sox organization or farm system is like?
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\r\nCallahan: You know I don't really. I have a general idea of the places I might be going but other than that that's about all I know.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
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\r\nCallahan: My fastball usually ranges somewhere between 90-94 and I've touched 95. That's throwing four-seam and two-seam. I throw a changeup, I don't know that right offspeed, if I had to say it is probably somewhere around 75-80. My slider is probably 83 maybe and my curveball is somewhere along 77-79.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What are your strengths and what do you need to work on the most?
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\r\nCallahan: I need to work on the most, developing my changeup more and the way I attack hitters, you know how to get hitters out. I need to learn how to get hitters out.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nCallahan: Living around here it's kind of the Braves. You get the Braves on TV so you watch the Braves. You know of course John Smoltz pitched for the Braves so I always enjoyed watching him throw.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Who would you compare your stuff to at the Major League level so Sox' fans can get an idea of what you're like on the mound? And why?
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\r\nCallahan: That's hard I really don't know how to answer that question. I can't say I can compare myself to a major leaguer. I really don't know off the top of my head.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
\r\n
\r\nCallahan: I'd say every moment that I cross over that white line and step into the field of play, that's my greatest moment. Just being out there. That's where I want to be, that's my dream you know, every time I cross that line I'm stepping into my reality out there.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Would being drafted get ranked pretty high up there?
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\r\nCallahan: Oh yeah that too! That's another big one.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Are you looking to sign quickly and get your professional career started right away?
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\r\nCallahan: I'm not sure right now at this second. You know we're still in the process of not knowing what's going to happen. Just enjoying this, that's the big thing. Hearing my name being called was a tears of joy kind of thing.
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