TigsTown Q&A: 33rd Rd Pick Dan Kickham

Missouri State right-hander Dan Kickham chatted with TigsTown about the draft and contract process, his arsenal, and his influences. Check inside for the details!

TigsTown: Everything is signed, sealed, and delivered at this point. How does it feel to officially be a Detroit Tigers prospect?

Dan Kickham: It feels great! I'm very excited to be a part of the organization. I'm excited to start playing games. I'm just excited overall.

TT: Talk to me about the contract negotiations. Was it pretty straight forward or were there some snags?

DK: It got done quick, then they got me down here in two to three days. It was kind of crazy. You're at home for a few days, then all of a sudden you're flying out and saying good bye to everyone. It hits you kind of quick.

TT: Have they given you any indication whether you're going to start in Connecticut or the GCL?

DK: I'm not sure exactly. I guess it depends a lot on how the first couple of days go.

(Ed. note: This interview was conducted prior to Kickham's assignment being known. He has since been assigned to the Tigers' rookie-level GCL club.)

TT: How would you describe yourself to those readers that don't know anything about you at this point?

DK: I'm very competitive. I go right after hitters. I don't get too emotional on the mound. I just love going out on the mound and competing. I want to go out there and get better every time I step on the mound. I just love pitching.

TT: How about your arsenal, can you describe that for me?

DK: I throw a fastball, slider, and change-up. I primarily use my fastball and slider. For a strikeout pitch I usually go with my slider. It's kind of my "go-to" pitch and I can get hitters to chase.

TT: Are there any current or former Tigers, or any player for that matter, that you've modeled your game after?

DK: As a closer I like watching Brian Wilson, [Mariano] Rivera and Neftali Feliz. I've got to throw [Jose] Valverde in there too because he's a Tiger. He's fun to watch. He's a real character out there.

TT: Is there anyone else that's been a significant influence on you?

DK: My brother has been a big help all along. He's been in pro ball for a year now, so he's been giving me some pointers. I really look up to him a lot. He's given me some tips and he's always been someone to play catch with. He's been a huge help.

TT: As I always do in my interviews, I'm going to give you the last word. What do you want Tiger fans to know about you?

DK: I'm just very excited to be a Detroit Tiger. I want them to know I'm going to work hard while I'm here and hopefully move up quick. Hopefully I can make a name for myself and become a Tiger one day.

TigsTown would like to thank Dan for taking time out of his hectic schedule in Lakeland to talk for a few minutes. We wish him the best of luck as he gets his pro career underway and hope we can see him on the field at Comerica Park some day!

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