Q&A with Sean O'Sullivan

Sean O'Sullivan, despite committing to San Diego State University for next fall, is one of the nation's best high school prospects as both a pitcher and a third baseman. A senior at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, California, O'Sullivan is almost assured of a top ten selection in next June's MLB Draft.

You name it, Sean O'Sullivan did it on the baseball diamond as a junior in 2004. On the mound, O'Sullivan used his 94 MPH fastball and terrific breaking stuff to compile an 11-0 record with a tiny 1.67 ERA for Valhalla High School, earning CIF Pitcher of the Year honors. As if being one of the nation's top pitchers in high school isn't enough, O'Sullivan led the entire state of California with 16 home runs while batting .637 with 50 RBI and 49 runs scored last season. Sean was able to showcase his abilities as a pitcher and a hitter at the AFLAC All-American Classic in Maryland this past summer. Even though he went hitless in his two at-bats as a third baseman, O'Sullivan struck out the side against the nation's best in his lone inning of work on the mound.

Sean O'Sullivan sat down with Scout.com for a Q&A session.

Sean, talk about how you began playing baseball and at what age you got into the sport?
I used to play when I was young with my grandmother out in our backyard. My parents would go to work and I would go out with my grandmother and throw the ball, and ever since then I went to tee-ball and different travel teams, and it just become a passion for me.

Which is your favorite MLB team?
Definitely the Padres...I am a hometown boy

Do you have a favorite baseball player?
Tony Gwynn was my favorite baseball player and still is even though he is retired..

Your a right hand pitcher, as well as a third baseman. Talk a little about your baseball game.
My velocity on the mound is 92-94 consistently with a 96 tops, and I have control of all 4 of my pitches. I led the city of California last year in home runs with 16, and went 11-1 on the mound.

What pitches do you throw?
Fastball, curve ball, slider and change-up.

What would you say is your biggest strength as a baseball player?
My pitching has always been there for me, however the past two years my hitting has really come up for me.

In the future, do you see yourself as a pitcher or a position player?
I'm not sure yet which I will end up doing, which is why I still do both. I do know that I love to play everyday, and I just cant stand to sit on the bench, but then again there is no better feeling than standing out on the mound, so I guess whatever they want me to do I will do.

What college will you be attending next fall?
I have committed to San Diego State.

What was the deciding factor in choosing San Diego St.?
I have a very good relationship with their coaches the last 3 years, and their coaching philosophy is similar to the way I play, and it is close to home, so overall it is a good fit for me.

Who would you say has been the biggest influence in your baseball career?
It definitely has to be my dad. He has always pushed me in the right direction, and always has pushed me to the best of my abilities, and try to be better than the best.

Heading into the 2005 MLB Draft, what are some of your expectations for it?
I just want to go and make the best decision that fits me. I am not trying to be the number one pick overall. If that happens then great, however if it does not then it just was not meant for me to go. I just want to go to a place that I can move up the ladder as quick as I can.

If you have one, what would you say is your most memorable baseball moment?
Junior Olympics we won the gold medal and standing on the podium getting our medals and hearing out National Anthem play. I love playing baseball, however there is nothing better than representing your country while doing something you love.

You posted some outstanding number your junior season. What are some of your goals and expectations for your senior season?
I don't know if I can double or duplicate my numbers from last year, because those were pretty high, but I just want to try to increase my HR total, steal some bases, and overall get bigger and stronger, while playing as hard as I can.

If there is one part of your game your constantly working on to improve, what would that be?
Just working on my quickness on my feet. I just need to steal some more bases and show I can run and prove I am a well rounded everyday player, and just not a pitcher.

You posted some outstanding number your junior season. What are some of your goals and expectations for your senior season?
I don't know if I can double or duplicate my numbers from last year, because those were pretty high, but I just want to try to increase my HR total, steal some bases, and overall get bigger and stronger, while playing as hard as I can.


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