Q&A With Red Sox 5th Round Pick Mike Aguilera

The Boston Red Sox selected right-handed pitcher Mike Aguilera out of Binghamton University in the fifth 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, who he would compare himself to at the big league level, and much more.

DiehardMagazine.com: What's going through your mind after being drafted by a team like the Red Sox?

Mike Aguilera: To be honest it's a dream come true. Its kind of ironic because I grew up a Yankee fan but I knew that if given a chance to play professional baseball with any team I would gladly accept it.

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

Aguilera: I know a local kid Pat Light was taken ahead of me so it's nice I'll be familiar with him. I know it is a very talented organization and they turn out good prospects every year so I know I have a lot of work ahead of me if I'm going to advance in the system like I want to.

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

Aguilera: I have a two-seam sinker that's in the 90-92 area, sometimes it gets pumped up to a little more, and I also have a four-seam sinker but I seldom throw that. I have a circle change-up that's usually about 78-80 and a slider that's 79-81.

DiehardMagazine.com: What are your overall strengths and weaknesses?

Aguilera: I've always had pretty good mechanics. I think one of my biggest strengths is the ability to throw strikes with all my pitches. I'd say my weakness is that my offspeed pitches are a little inconsistent sometimes.

DiehardMagazine.com: Is there anyone that you would compare yourself to at the Major League level?

Aguilera: I think to be compared to anyone at the major league level would be a stretch right now. I see myself in the future becoming one. If anything I think it would be a sinker guy that generally doesn't throw all that hard, whether that's a Derek Lowe type. I'm not sure of his velocity and all that but just a sinker-type.

DiehardMagazine.com: You mentioned growing up a Yankee fan - did you have a favorite player growing up?

Aguilera: I grew up a Yankees fan and everyone idolized Derek Jeter and Rivera and those guys. They've been around for so long and that's all I knew as a kid was those guys, and the core four. I've always looked up to every major leaguer. [I] hated watching Pedro pitch but I've always admired his stuff.

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

Aguilera: I would say going to the NCAA Regional my freshman year of College in East Carolina, winning the Conference Tournament and beating George Mason and advancing to an elimination game. As far as off the field though, getting selected in the draft has been my goal and my dream for years.

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

Aguilera: Well I've actually already signed. I can't wait to get started. I'll be heading to Lowell. My goal in this draft was to get picked as high as I could and to also shine as quick as I can so I can get a head start.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What's going through your mind after being drafted by a team like the Red Sox?
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\r\nMike Aguilera: To be honest it's a dream come true. Its kind of ironic because I grew up a Yankee fan but I knew that if given a chance to play professional baseball with any team I would gladly accept it.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Do you have any idea what the Red Sox organization or its Farm system is like?
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\r\nAguilera: I know a local kid Pat Light was taken ahead of me so it's nice I'll be familiar with him. I know it is a very talented organization and they turn out good prospects every year so I know I have a lot of work ahead of me if I'm going to advance in the system like I want to.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What pitches do you throw and at what speeds?
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\r\nAguilera: I have a two-seam sinker that's in the 90-92 area, sometimes it gets pumped up to a little more, and I also have a four-seam sinker but I seldom throw that. I have a circle change-up that's usually about 78-80 and a slider that's 79-81.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What are your overall strengths and weaknesses?
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\r\nAguilera: I've always had pretty good mechanics. I think one of my biggest strengths is the ability to throw strikes with all my pitches. I'd say my weakness is that my offspeed pitches are a little inconsistent sometimes.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Is there anyone that you would compare yourself to at the Major League level?
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\r\nAguilera: I think to be compared to anyone at the major league level would be a stretch right now. I see myself in the future becoming one. If anything I think it would be a sinker guy that generally doesn't throw all that hard, whether that's a Derek Lowe type. I'm not sure of his velocity and all that but just a sinker-type.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: You mentioned growing up a Yankee fan - did you have a favorite player growing up?
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\r\nAguilera: I grew up a Yankees fan and everyone idolized Derek Jeter and Rivera and those guys. They've been around for so long and that's all I knew as a kid was those guys, and the core four. I've always looked up to every major leaguer. [I] hated watching Pedro pitch but I've always admired his stuff.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
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\r\nAguilera: I would say going to the NCAA Regional my freshman year of College in East Carolina, winning the Conference Tournament and beating George Mason and advancing to an elimination game. As far as off the field though, getting selected in the draft has been my goal and my dream for years.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Are you looking to sign and get your professional career started right away?
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\r\nAguilera: Well I've actually already signed. I can't wait to get started. I'll be heading to Lowell. My goal in this draft was to get picked as high as I could and to also shine as quick as I can so I can get a head start.
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