Q&A With Red Sox 7th Round Pick Kyle Kraus

With their seventh round pick, the Boston Red Sox chose Kyle Kraus, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Portland in Portland, Oreg. We sat down with him for a Q&A session to get his thoughts on being drafted by the Red Sox and to get an idea on what he feels his strengths and weaknesses are, whom he feels he relates to more in the big leagues and much more.

DiehardMagazine.com: Tell us what was going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Red Sox.

Kyle Kraus: I was excited to be able to continue with a lifelong dream that I've been working hard to do and especially with the Red Sox being so well-known and [a] big-name program, it's awesome.

DiehardMagazine.com: Where were you when you first found out you were selected by the Red Sox?

Kraus: I was at a buddy's house with a couple of friends. They called and said congratulations and I watched the tracker and my name popped up. It was cool.

DiehardMagazine.com: Were you surprised that the Red Sox selected you?

Kraus: Yes I was very surprised. I had not really talked to them throughout the whole process very much. Then they called me that morning and asked if I would sign and I said yes.

DiehardMagazine.com: Do you have an idea of what the Red Sox organization's farm system is like?

Kraus: No, I don't. I know it's a lot of games, it's hard and it's a grind, but [I'll be] getting paid to do something I love so it's pretty cool.

DiehardMagazine.com: Could you tell us about your game a little bit — what kind of player you want to be with the Red Sox?

Kraus: Well I'm a hard worker. I throw a lot of strikes. I don't give people freebies, I [can] throw four pitches in the zone whenever I want.

DiehardMagazine.com: What type of pitches do you throw? At what kind of speeds?

Kraus: [I throw in the] upper 80s. I throw a sinkerball [and] a curveball, slider and changeup.

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

Kraus: Strengths is throwing the pitches where I want to, it's something I need to work on. Obviously if I could improve velocity that would be great, but [I'd like to] improve my offspeed stuff to where I can [be] sharp and consistent.

DiehardMagazine.com: Who would you compare yourself to, at the major league level, so that Red Sox fans can have an idea of what you're like on the mound?

Kraus: [It's] kind of like Greg Maddux. Not overpowering, but [I] can throw [to] both sides of the plate and hit my spots.

DiehardMagazine.com: What do you think is your best moment in baseball so far in your career?

Kraus: Probably this past season when I broke the school wins record with 27 wins. I felt it was a pretty good accomplishment.

DiehardMagazine.com: I'm assuming as a senior you're ready to get your career started right away?

Kraus: Yeah. I'm heading out Sunday, I'm signing quickly and getting the show on the road.

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

Kraus: I didn't really. I always loved watching Cal Ripken[, Jr.] play. He played hard and the [consecutive game] record that he had — I can't remember how many games he had in a row - it was unbelievable.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Tell us what was going through your mind after being selected by a team like the Red Sox.
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\r\nKyle Kraus: I was excited to be able to continue with a lifelong dream that I've been working hard to do and especially with the Red Sox being so well-known and [a] big-name program, it's awesome.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Where were you when you first found out you were selected by the Red Sox?
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\r\nKraus: I was at a buddy's house with a couple of friends. They called and said congratulations and I watched the tracker and my name popped up. It was cool.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Were you surprised that the Red Sox selected you?
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\r\nKraus: Yes I was very surprised. I had not really talked to them throughout the whole process very much. Then they called me that morning and asked if I would sign and I said yes.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Do you have an idea of what the Red Sox organization's farm system is like?
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\r\nKraus: No, I don't. I know it's a lot of games, it's hard and it's a grind, but [I'll be] getting paid to do something I love so it's pretty cool.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Could you tell us about your game a little bit — what kind of player you want to be with the Red Sox?
\r\n
\r\nKraus: Well I'm a hard worker. I throw a lot of strikes. I don't give people freebies, I [can] throw four pitches in the zone whenever I want.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What type of pitches do you throw? At what kind of speeds?
\r\n
\r\nKraus: [I throw in the] upper 80s. I throw a sinkerball [and] a curveball, slider and changeup.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What do you feel are your strengths? What do you think you need to work on the most?
\r\n
\r\nKraus: Strengths is throwing the pitches where I want to, it's something I need to work on. Obviously if I could improve velocity that would be great, but [I'd like to] improve my offspeed stuff to where I can [be] sharp and consistent.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Who would you compare yourself to, at the major league level, so that Red Sox fans can have an idea of what you're like on the mound?
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\r\nKraus: [It's] kind of like Greg Maddux. Not overpowering, but [I] can throw [to] both sides of the plate and hit my spots.
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\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: What do you think is your best moment in baseball so far in your career?
\r\n
\r\nKraus: Probably this past season when I broke the school wins record with 27 wins. I felt it was a pretty good accomplishment.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: I'm assuming as a senior you're ready to get your career started right away?
\r\n
\r\nKraus: Yeah. I'm heading out Sunday, I'm signing quickly and getting the show on the road.
\r\n
\r\nDiehardMagazine.com: Did you have a favorite team or player growing up?
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\r\nKraus: I didn't really. I always loved watching Cal Ripken[, Jr.] play. He played hard and the [consecutive game] record that he had — I can't remember how many games he had in a row - it was unbelievable.
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