Q&A on Kevin Ool

Jim Tyrrell, head baseball coach of the Marist Red Foxes in Poughkeepsie, New York, was kind enough to field a series of questions about former Red Fox Kevin Ool, the sixteenth-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 Amateur Player Draft. Mr. Tyrrell, a former Red Sox draft pick and farmhand himself, provided BostonGM.com with a great deal of helpful information about Ool, a left-handed pitcher who was assigned to the Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League.

BostonGM.com thanks Coach Tyrrell very much for his time and effort in making this Q&A session possible.

1. How would you best describe Mr. Ool's game? What player, past or present, plays the game most like him and why?

Kevin's game is very consistent. He is not overpowering but throws a ton of strikes. He is very much in the same mold as Greg Maddux. He relies mostly on movement and location. He is very competitive but it does not show by his body language. He pitches under control and does not let things bother him.

2. While at Marist, what skill or trait did Kevin display that most impressed you and your staff?

Kevin's desire to win is the most impressive thing about him. The other players in the program said that whatever he did off the field, he won at also. Whether it was ping-pong in the dorms or video games, nobody beat him.

3. What moment or moments in Kevin's career made you proudest of him?

When Kevin was a freshman, the conference tournament was postponed for three days. It came down to single elimination with four teams on the last day. We had to play the top seed in the first game and I decided to give Kevin his third or fourth start of the year in the opener. He went out and threw a complete game, two-hit shutout and we won 2-0 and went on to win the conference championship. If there was one game to be won, you could count on Kevin to do it.

4. What skill or ability does Ool possess that will set him apart from his competition in professional baseball?

Kevin's ability to learn and make adjustments will set him apart from others in professional baseball. Kevin's ability to make adjustments throughout the game will help him have success. I saw so many players that had great stuff but could not make adjustments and, therefore, underachieved. This will not happen to Kevin.

5. What skill or ability must Kevin develop or improve if he is to be successful at the next level?

If the Red Sox use him as a starter, then his changeup has to be better. It is too inconsistent right now. If they use him as a reliever, he will be better off. He is mechanically sound but has a tendency to get under the ball.

6. How did Ool distinguish himself off the field, either in the classroom, community or otherwise?

Kevin was a great learner. Every time I spoke or taught another pitcher something, Kevin always seemed to find his way over to listen. He was on the All-Conference Academic team three times and just was constantly trying to learn more about everything around him. It is great to see the Red Sox take one of my guys. They are a great organization and I am sure Kevin will do well.

Once again, BostonGM.com would like to thank Jim Tyrrell, head baseball coach of the Marist College Red Foxes, for all his time and energy in answering these questions and making this Q&A session possible.

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