TigsTown: How does it feel to be drafted?
Jared Gayhart: Feels awesome. It was a lifetime goal and dream. There really are no words to describe it; it's just a dream come true.
TT: Did you have any idea where you might go?
JG: I really didn't have any idea, just one of those things where lots of teams show interest but you never know who will actually take you – but I'm very happy it was Detroit.
TT: What do you know about the Tigers organization?
JG: Not much at all. I've watched them on TV, and I'm now starting to look into them and what the organization is like. Never been a big fan, I've been to a Mud Hens game since my family is from Toledo, but never followed the organization much.
TT: Does that mean you are an Indians fan?
JG: No I was born and raised in Houston so I grew up a pretty big Astros fan.
TT: Do you think you'll be signing with the Tigers, or do you feel like more time in school would help develop your game more?
JG: Haven't talked much about negotiating, right now everything is up in the air.
TT: Tell us a little bit about your game.
JG: I play Centerfield at Rice and pitch in relief – before playing at Rice I was at San Jacinco Junior College. The Tigers drafted me as a pitcher so that's what I'll be concentrating on. I throw two fastballs – a four seamer and a two seam - both in the low to mid 90's. I also throw a slider, curve and a change.
TT: Which one is best off-speed?
JG: Against lefties I typically use my change-up. Against righties it's my slider.
TT: Where do you feel like you could improve the most?
JG: Probably my stamina – I've been a relief pitcher here. If I were to move to longer innings, just would need to work on being able to go deeper into games.
TT: What kind of role do you see yourself having – starting or relieving or even closing?
JG: I would be happy wherever they put me. I'm not set on relief or being a starter, so wherever they see me, whatever I can do to help the team I'm on, that's what I'll do. Like I said though, I don't know what they have in mind.
TT: What's been your most memorable moment as a baseball player?
JG: College World Series last season.- it was a blast, ready to go
TT: Who is one person you'd like to thank for helping you get to where you are today?
JG: My grandfather – he's been my biggest fan since I was little. He passed away this past year, he was originally from Toledo on my mom's side of the family. He came down every baseball season and stayed the whole season – he's been there my whole life for me.
TT: Do you have an ultimate goal as a baseball player?
JG: Just to be successful and give 100% no matter what – however that works out. Hopefully that means making it to the big leagues and winning a World Series, and doing my role on the team and just helping the team wherever I can.