TigsTown: Congratulations on being drafted today by the Tigers! How's it feel?
Matt Mansilla: It feels great! Dream come true!
TT: Five years in the making, a couple different schools in there, I'm sure it feels good to finally get to this point.
MM: It was really good to hear today.
TT: Were you sitting around with some friends and family waiting to get the call?
MM: Oh no. I told myself I didn't want to have the stress of sitting in front of the computer all day, so I just let it go. Coach Lee was the first one to call me, so I wasn't watching it.
TT: Being a fifth-year senior, Matt, I assume you are prepared to sign, or do you have other plans?
MM: I'm definitely ready to play. I'm ready to sign.
TT: Has the area scout you worked with this year given you any feel for where you might be headed and what your role might be?
MM: Not yet. They actually haven't contacted me yet. I'm still waiting for the call – I actually thought your call might be them.
TT: Sorry to disappoint on that front, Matt.
MM: No, that's alright.
TT: A lot of times we only hear what scouts and coaches say about a player. Instead, let's hear you describe your abilities.
MM: I guess I'm a speed type of guy. I use my speed to my advantage, and just try to put the ball in play, get on base and let the bigger guys come up and knock me in.
TT: Coach Lee mentioned that you played some shortstop before you got to College of Charleston, and then he moved you to the outfield. Do you have a preference as to which one you play at the pro level?
MM: Where ever they need me, I'll play anywhere. I've been playing outfield the last couple of years, I imagine I'll probably play the outfield.
TT: Having played at College of Charleston, what are some of your highlights from your time there?
MM: Playing in the conference tournament the last couple of years, and just being with the team. I really liked Charleston, it was a great atmosphere over there, and they really helped me a lot with my career in baseball.
TT: Have you had a chance to talk to any of the school's prior draft picks or anyone you know that has been drafted, about what you might expect, or are you just taking it as it comes?
MM: I'm just going to take it as it comes. I don't really know what to expect.
TT: What are some things you think you need to improve upon as you head to pro ball, and what might you focus on once you get some of that pro instruction at your disposal?
MM: Definitely my hitting, I need to improve on that, and some base running things that I need to work on with them. Overall I'm just there to learn whatever they have to teach me.
TT: I'd like to give you a chance for a last thought for our readers. Is there anything you'd like to throw out there?
MM: I'm happy to be a Tiger, and I hope everyone comes out to see us play!
TigsTown would like to thank Matt for taking time out of his busy day to speak with us about draft day and the upcoming season in the Tiger organization. Good luck, Matt, and we'll see you on the field!