Q&A with Ryan Delaughter

OF/RHP Ryan Delaughter of Billy Ryan High School in Denton, Texas, is yet another two-way player that could be drafted either as an outfielder or pitcher in next June's MLB Draft. A high school teammate of Austin Jackson, Delaughter and he were the first pair of teammates to both be selected to the AFLAC All-American Classic.

While playing outfield for Billy Ryan High School in 2004, Delaughter helped his team to an impressive 35-6 record on the strength of his .402 batting average and team-leading eight home runs last season. Aside from also chipping in with 45 RBI and seven stolen bases, Delaughter served as the team's closer and finished the season with a sparkling 0.56 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 9 innings pitched.

Ryan Delaughter sat down with Scout.com for a Q&A session.

Do you play any other sports in high school?
I play football for my team.

Are you planning on pursing football after high school?
Not really, I'm going to stick with baseball.

What do you think is the strongest aspect of your game?
I think I am a pretty strong and smart player. I constantly work hard on becoming a better player.

Do you see yourself as a outfielder or a pitcher down the road?
Right now I really don't have a preference. Whatever my coaches want me to do, and whatever the scouts feel I have a better chance in being successful I will do. I love hitting and playing the outfield, and I love being on that mound staring down those hitters.

Talk a little about how you got started as a pitcher?
I started pitching because my coach always saw me throw real hard from the outfield, and they thought since I had that arm in me to try me out at a pitcher, and that is how it all started and I really think I found out how to do it.

How would you rate the competition in the Texas area?
It is real competitive, in my area alone we have some of the top players in that state, and that really is a positive because you play against the best possible competition and all that will just get you ready for the next level.

Have you set any goals for yourself for the 2005 season?
I have goals to hit 16-17 home runs and bat .500 at the plate. I'll probably get into pitching 8 games and hopefully be 8-0.

You currently pitch out of the bullpen, however do you have any expectation of trying to extend yourself as a starter?
I would like to see myself as a starter eventually. I have been working on getting my arm stronger, and feel I am at the point that I could handle starting and be successful at it.

Will you pitch as well as play the field in college?
As a freshman all the colleges have told me they would let me do both and then we would see how it goes from there.

Growing up, what do you thing has been the most important thing in your development?
I have always been playing up, playing one level higher than my age and that really has prepared me.

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