TigsTown: First things first, how does it feel to be drafted by the Tigers?
Blaise Salter: It's an honor to be drafted by any team at all. To be drafted by the Tigers though, the team my grandfather played for is a real honor. The team has such a rich history. I can't really put it into words how special this is.
TT: Did you have an inkling the Tigers were going to draft you or were there other teams interested in you?
BS: The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers were also interested.
TT: Were you kind of secretly hoping the Tigers would be the team that pulled the trigger, or did you just want to get drafted?
BS: I didn't care what round or what team. I just wanted to be drafted. As I said before though, it makes it a lot more special that it was the Tigers that drafted me.
TT: Do you currently have a college commitment?
BS: I signed a national letter of intent with Michigan State University.
TT: I know it's early, but have you and your family given any thought to whether you are going to sign with the Tigers are join the Spartans this fall?
BS: As of now, I'm going to MSU. We haven't had any formal discussions with the Tigers about the money aspects yet. Right now I'm just looking forward to being a Spartan!
TT: How would you describe yourself as a player?
BS: I would describe myself as a team player. I'm a person that leads teams and drives others to go out and win games.
TT: How about in terms of your skills, how would you describe yourself offensively and defensively?
BS: Offensively, I'm a guy that looks to drive people in. I've always hit third or fourth in the lineup and when there are runners on I want to drive them in. When nobody is on base, I just want to drive the ball from gap to gap. Defensively, I see myself as a leader. I like leading my pitchers and defense.
TT: Here's your chance for the last word in the interview. What do you want to tell Tiger fans?
BS: You can't put into words how excited I am to be drafted by the Tigers; the team my grandfather played for. It means so much! It's been a dream of mine to play professional baseball and be a part of the home town team my whole life. It's just such a blessing.
TigsTown would like to thank Blaise for taking time out of his schedule to talk for a few minutes. We wish him the best of luck in any negotiations with the Tigers and look forward to following him on the field as a Tiger or a Spartan!