TigsTown: Talk to me a bit about how everything felt on draft day. Did you know the Tigers were a potential suitor?
Calvin Drummond: I expected to go 4th-8th round, so I went where I expected. I am not going to lie though, I was getting nervous. After being drafted three times late, it's hard not to get a little nervous. I knew the Tigers were interested but I thought there were other teams more interested. Before the draft I would have put the Tigers in my top 5 most-likely teams though.
TigsTown: You attended four schools in five years, what did you take away from each of the programs?
Drummond: I did attend 4 schools in 5 years but I attended USD for 3.5 years so that's where all my college memories are. My first year I lived at home playing JC ball (after transferring back from ASU after only being there 3 weeks) so it kind of still felt a little like high school. I wanted to play my last year at USD but I was not allowed to so I went to Arizona to maximize my exposure my last semester. It just so happened I knew and had a good relationship with the Coach out at Arizona Christian. He was happy to let me come out and I ended up holding my workouts there. What I took away from USD was definitely how to deal with adversity and how to be mentally tough. That stuff definitely came in handy this past year.
TigsTown: Upon transferring to Arizona Christian your suspension held you back from pitching this season. What have you done to keep your arm fresh during the layoff? And what did you learn from the suspension?
Drummond: I just threw everyday and worked out at 24 Hour Fitness. There were a lot of times I had no one to throw with so I took a bucket of balls that I have and just threw them all into a lacrosse net and repeated that a few times. I tried to minimize the actual innings I threw on the mound yet still receive maximum exposure so that I could maximize my draft stock and still be fresh for the summer. I learned that you really have to be extremely careful with things. Not just what you put in your body but really everything that can get you in trouble as an athlete. You never really believe that stuff can happen until it does.
TigsTown: For those Tiger fans that don't know much about you, can you give us a brief scouting report on your game?
Drummond: I will throw a 4 pitch mix, a mid-90's 4-seam fastball with a little bit of cut, a high-80's slider/cutter combo pitch, a mid-80's 4-seam change, and an 80-mph spike 12-6 curve. Occasionally I will also mix in a 2-seam fastball and 2-seam changeup.
TigsTown: What do you think are the best attributes of your game? On the flip side, what are some things that you need to work on?
Drummond: I believe my best attributes are mental. I have grown up a Lakers fan so I have idolized Kobe Bryant; watching him I just saw the power of his drive and will to win. I saw that is more powerful than any physical gift. I have always been extremely competitive and wanted to be the best since I was 4 years old. I guess I was just born with that drive. I have always believed I would achieve success no matter what I am facing with enough will.
As far as what I need to work on… I think I can be a little more patient. As a pitcher that's a pretty important quality. I would also like to get my slider/cutter a little firmer, more consistently.
TigsTown: Lastly, where is the signing process at right now? And, has there been any discussion where you'll be reporting?
Drummond: I am off to Lakeland to get my physical and sign my contract tomorrow. I'm not sure at what level I will start.
A special thanks goes out to Calvin Drummond for taking the time out of his day to answer our questions.