Draft Tracker 2006: Q&A with Carmine Giardina

With the 2006 draft less than two months away, Scout.com continues our ongoing coverage of its top prospects and the teams that may pursue them. In this edition of Draft Tracker 2006, we sit down with pitching prospect, Carmine Giardina.


Scout.com: First of all, what are some things you expect out of yourself this spring in your high school season?

Carmine Giardina: This year I just want to be able to compete in every game I get on the mound and pitch the same no matter if I'm pitching against the number one team in the nation or a team that's 0-10. Hopefully, if I can do that, I can help my team get deep into the playoffs.

Scout.com: What are some improvements you feel you've made since last season?

Giardina: Over the summer and fall, I developed an effective changeup. Last year and the years before, all I threw was a fastball and a curve ball. So, now having command of three pitches is going to make my life on the mound a lot easier, having different options to setting up each hitter.

Scout.com: How do you plan on handling pitching in front of all the scouts this year? Do you have any strategy on how to handle that type of attention?

Giardina: My goal is to pitch just like I did all fall and summer playing for my travel team, Chet Lemon's Juice. We had all of the top players in Florida on our team so wherever we were, the scouts followed. The main thing I have to focus on though is "pitching" not "throwing", trying to light up all the guns behind the backstop. So, pretty much just focusing on location, not velocity, is my main goal.

Scout.com: Obviously, you are considered to be a candidate to be a very early draft pick this June. When do you feel your status really took off and you began get a lot of attention from college coaches and professional scouts?

Giardina: Two years ago at the Area Code Games in California. I was one of the handful of juniors at this event and it was really one of the first times I was seen by any scouts.

Scout.com: What Major League pitcher would you compare yourself to in terms of approach or someone you have modeled yourself after?

Giardina: Either Andy Pettitte or Barry Zito. I like their finesse style of pitching using there off speed pitches to set up the hitters.

Scout.com: Carmine, could you walk us through your repertoire and the velocities of each of your pitches?

Giardina: I throw a fastball between 88-92 MPH, topping out at 93 MPH. My curveball is 69-72 MPH and my changeup is 78-82 MPH.

Scout.com: What would you say is your strongest attribute as a pitcher? In other words, what sets you apart from other pitchers?

Giardina: I think my strongest attribute is my poise on the mound. I don't really let anything that happens behind me affect me. The only thing I really think about on the mound is the next pitch.

Scout.com: I understand you have committed to attend the University of Texas. How much will your commitment there effect your decision to sign with a professional team and will that depend on what round you are selected in?

Giardina: The University of Texas was amazing. Its too early to tell what's going to happen with the draft but as of right now, I think that I am in a win-win situation.

Scout.com: If you had any hopes for your baseball career in the coming years, what would you like accomplish?

Giardina: My main goal is to make it to the big leagues and hopefully help whatever team I get drafted by, or am playing for in the big leagues, win a World Series.

Scout.com: What are some things that you would like a scout to know about you?

Giardina: I'd like them to know that I love playing baseball and it has always been my dream to play in the big leagues.


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